Dr. Daniel Ginsberg talked about the very strong feelings for his agency's mission. That agency: United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Seven years ago, Dr. Ginsburg, served as president of the board of directors. Now, he's back for another go round.
"I enjoy helping the agency determine policies for people with disabilities and helping them become contributing members of society with a sense of independence and helping them achieve their potential," Ginsberg said.
The mission of the UCP is to provide opportunities and resources to individuals with disabilities as they build and lead their lives in the community. It's done by providing advocacy, home and community supports and education.
A large part of the focus now is on the Children's Center in Clarks Summit which has been in existence since the 1980s. Due to rain damage and flooding, the building needs repair, said Ginsberg..
He spoke about his role of supporting the board of directors and overcoming obstacles such as funding problems. The biggest challenge is replacing money cut by the state and federal government and the United Way, he said.
"One of the biggest things people don't understand is that we provide much needed services across the board of developmental disabilities. We're not exclusive to Cerebral Palsy. It's where we started, but now we've adapted to all disabilities including Down syndrome."
Some of the Children's Center programs involve an early intervention from birth to age three. On staff are occupational therapists, special needs staff, physical therapists and speech therapists. This staff will go into homes or a typical day environment so that each child has a specific plan with his or her family to achieve goals. Other programs include a play program called Lekotek, specifically out of the Clarks Summit office. It inspires children to learn and grow, work with a teacher and have parents and siblings involved. Adaptive toys are available for loan. A play group meets once each month and can be a great resource for parents, he said.
Ginsberg has been working with the disabled in different settings such as camps, community centers and agencies since college. On his wish list is adding at least six new board members and initiating a "mammoth capital campaign" for the new Children's Center in Clarks Summit. The plan is to reach out to businesses and the community as a whole. Anyone wishing to get involved or make a donation can contact: Sarah Drob, United Cerebral Palsy, 425 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton 18503. Interested parties can also go to their website at www.ucpnepa.com.
Ginsberg and his wife Sandra resides in Scranton. They have three children: Jodi, 49; Jeffrey, 47 and Neil, 44 and three grandchildren, Dehlia, 14; Clay, 18 and Tabatha, 3.
Interests and Hobbies: I am bicycle rider, owning more than ten bicycles. I also collect bicycle greetings and bicycle artifacts. I have seven albums of bicycle cards and more than 300 artifacts. I also enjoy gardening. I cook and bake. I serve on eight Boards of Directors of non-profit entities. I am a word origins enthusiast. I am adept and knowledgeable about Parliamentary Procedure and serve as Parliamentarian for the Board of the Friends of the Scranton Public Library.
Inspired by: My teachers and mentors at Columbia and Yeshiva Universities.
Favorite Place in the World: Scranton and the Bronx, N.Y.
Favorite Book: Various books on etymology and entomology.
Greatest Achievement: Earning a Doctorate in Social Work at age 67.
Idea of a Perfect Saturday Afternoon: Spending time with my three grandchildren, riding my bicycle and enjoying my garden.
One Item I Can't Leave Home Without: My wife!