Living with a developmental disability can be just that … living. Read More

Bobbi Jo Peck, a UNA consumer, is a Delmarva native who enjoys creative expression through writing and working on craft projects. For more on "Wild Vacation," visit, Read More

A simple plastic straw doesn't seem like a luxury but many people are still able to enjoy their favorite drinks.   Read More

Bobbi Jo Peck is a Delmarva native who enjoys creative expression through writing and working on craft projects. She also has cerebral palsy. At Downtown Salisbury’s Third Friday event on May 18, Bobbi Jo will showcase her debut novella, Wild Vacation. The story is about a man who desperately wants to leave for a vacation, only to end up fighting Murphy’s Law every step of the way.  Read More

PRINCESS ANNE, MD. - The pharmacy lab at UMES has a brand new patented creation designed to treat epilepsy more effectively. Worldwide, there's 65 million people that suffer from it and one in 26 Americans will be diagnosed at some point in their lifetime. Read More

On March 11, 2018, some of UNA’s consumers participated in the Eastern Shore Self-Advocacy Project's adaptive clothing fashion show. They each modeled clothing that was specially designed for individuals with disabilities made by Buck & Buck. These clothes feature magnetic closures to enable self-dressing and an easier fit. Read More

On May 4th several of UNA’s Upper Shore individuals and staff got together to help one of their own.  Read More

As a teenager, looking like your peers is an important part of life, but for those who live with a chronic disability, the compliments on their fashion statements can take on an even greater importance.  Many young people who have a disability, spend years (or perhaps a lifetime) trying to find adaptive clothing and a way to pay for it in order to maintain their independence and acceptance.   Read More

For an organization that serves over 400 of the most developmentally challenged residents on the Eastern Shore, including Kent and Talbot County, United Needs & Abilities continues to struggle with name recognition. That might be partly due to UNA’s name change in three years ago when it decided that the Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore was far to limited in defining their work, but it also may be the result of the stigma that comes when serving those with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, autism, intellectual disabilities, epilepsy and other mental and physical impairments. Read More

Celebrating 30 years honoring volunteers, the Maryland You are Beautiful Program generates enormous state pride by recognizing thousands of unsung heroes who make Maryland a better place to live, work, and visit.  Every year, hundreds of people from all over the State nominate friends and community members for their outstanding volunteer efforts.  These selfless individuals have touched many lives, ultimately improving the quality of life for all of our citizens. Read More