Family Member Testimonial

Employee Spotlight - Nubia Velazco

(Employment Specialist)

​​How did you get into this field?

     "Back at Douglas High School, I would volunteer in the Special Education Department and I was able to experience a lot of joy while being around students with disabilities. I always wanted to become a teacher in a non-classroom environment and be able to teach the community with real life experiences and hands on practice. "

Why do you think employment is important for people with disabilities?

     "Employment is important for people with disabilities just as much as it is for anyone else. There is nothing better than feeling independent and looking out for yourself, and employment is the first step to independence. I believe we all should have an equal opportunity to access all the benefits employment has to offer."

What do you do for fun?

     "I really enjoy reading at coffee shops around town, I also like taking short road trips, when I can, to places close to Tucson."

"We would like to extend a sincere Thank You to the WorkAbility Team at UCPSA for their dedication to our son, Nicolas. Over the last several months your team members have provided Nicolas with support, guidance, assistance and perseverance in learning the skills it took to research positions that met his individual employment goals. The WorkAbility Team did just that for Nicolas." Michelle Vetrano - Mom​

What started as an idea became a reality for UCP of Southern Arizona (UCPSA). Vanessa Zuber, who had been a Habilitation manager, received feedback from families speaking about the lack of employment opportunities for their kids of transition age. Vanessa sought to set up a volunteer position for a client, on her case load, at the UCPSA office, which would ultimately turn into a paid position for the individual. Between the position at the UCPSA and feedback from families wanting a bridge program from high school to adulthood, this became the catalyst for the future WorkAbility program. 

Vanessa and the WorkAbility team kicked off the Starting Line for Employment and new intakes on January 20th 2014 - Martin Luther King holiday. We felt that this day was apropos!

Since 2014, we have assisted more than 70 members into post - secondary and competitive and integrated employment. We believe in the power of building partnerships and providing education within our community.  
Presently, WorkAbility offers a variety of employment services and resources to the community. Go to our services page for more information.



  • Provide transition to employment opportunities for young adults
  • ​Provide exposure to diverse work sites
  • Provide opportunities for people with disabilities to experience professional relationships within an employment situation​
  • Advocate for people with disabilities to obtain meaningful and sustainable employment
  • Educate and inspire the community and businesses about the importance of employment for people with disabilities
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local and corporate businesses

 UCP of Southern Arizona has been an affiliate of the national organization since 1962. UCPSA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services and support to individuals with all disabilities and the elderly. Up to 70% of the individuals served by UCPSA have a disability other than cerebral palsy. UCPSA has an administrative staff of about 35 people and about 440 direct care workers and job coaches, each of whom help people with disabilities and the elderly develop greater independence in their lives.

UCP of Southern Arizona strives to continually improve and build on its programs and services. With the continued support of generous donors, such as Circle K, and others. It's committed staff, the agency will continue to help people live life without limits. 

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