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The Ethel Hausman Award is presented by the United Cerebral Palsy national organization each year to an outstanding volunteer at the local or state level who has made significant contributions to persons with disabilities.

Ethel Hausman was one of the original founders of UCP, and the award that bears her name is one that is prestigious and highly coveted within the organization. This year the award was given to United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia’s Ouida Spencer (pictured to right on right accepting the award) on April 4th at UCP’s National Convention in Boston.

Ouida has been a member of UCP of Georgia’s Board of Directors for 26 years, and she has served as the Vice Chairperson/Secretary for the last 10 years. A RE/MAX Associate, Ouida has become an expert on the housing needs of adults with disabilities, and over the years she has scouted and been instrumental in the purchase of more than 50 homes for UCP consumers throughout the state of Georgia.

Ouida not only finds homes for UCP consumers, she works closely and tirelessly with city officials and neighborhood groups to broaden community awareness about persons with disabilities. In 2002, she received a letter of commendation from the Office of the Attorney General congratulating her on her excellent work in this regard.

Ouida’s commitment to fundraising activities is also remarkable. She has long been involved in every aspect of UCP fundraising events, from sitting as chairperson on special event committees to bringing in corporate sponsorships, to recruiting volunteers, to event set-up and sometimes even clean up!

Ouida’s efforts and achievements have been, and continue to be, truly extraordinary. We applaud, commend, and congratulate her on this extremely well-deserved award.