United Rehabilitation Services

Jerry Kenney

Next Saturday, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton will hold the 11th annual Rubber Duck Regatta.  Thousands upon thousands of rubber ducks will race down the Great Miami River at Riverscape Metro Park—all for a good cause—to support Miami Valley children and adults with disabilities. On Friday, URS kicked off the event with Ducks on the Square.  It’s there that I caught up with URS Executive Director, Dennis Grant to tell us about this year’s regatta. 

United Rehabilitation Services say funds raised from the regatta provide: 

The United Rehabilitation Services is helping young people with disabilities in the Clark County area gain vocational skills.  The organization is helping students get hands on training regarding the employment process.

URS has started a Summer Youth Program, which is a 6-week class serving young people with disabilities between the ages of 18 to 22. The class will teach 35 youths from Clark, Champaign, Madison and Miami Counties about job interview skills, creating cover letters and resumes, and how to fill out applications.

As the 9th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta gets underway on Saturday, September 15th, the organization that serves adults and children with disabilities has had additional challenges providing those services with a sluggish economy.  We spoke with Dennis Grant, URS Executive Director about those challenges and the services they provide.  Here the full interview here


Full episode of WYSO Weekend for September 4, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney interviews members of the Little Miami River Keepers, a local organization competing to receive grant money in a contest sponsored by Tom's of Maine.

-An Interview With Maxine Skuba in Conrad's Corner

-Jerry Kenney interviews Dennis Grant of United Rehabilitation Services about the upcoming Rubber Duck Regatta.