United Cerebral Palsy Association

United Cerebral Palsy Associations

United Cerebral Palsy Association


United Cerebral Palsy Association

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The United Cerebral Palsy

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Their Mission

UCP educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism, and other developmental disabilities. UCP works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network that has helped millions. 

What They Do

Today, UCP continues to work closely with its affiliates on issues that open doors for people with disabilities. From home ownership to health care reform, inclusive education to competitive employment, UCP has established itself as a leader in the disability community and as a strong voice for individuals with disabilities and their families. 

For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society.  Together, with parents and caregivers, UCP will continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to dream their own dreams, for the next 60 years, and beyond.

History

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) may be one of the largest health nonprofits in the U.S. today, but that was not the case in 1949. In the 1940s, there were not many options for families of and people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Medical professionals frequently urged parents to warehouse their children in institutions where they lived out their lives, segregated from the rest of society. Parents who chose to raise their children at home learned that few services and supports were available to help their children lead full, productive lives in the community. With little contact between families of children with cerebral palsy, many parents felt isolated, helpless and alone.

In 1948, Leonard H. Goldenson, then-President of United Paramount Theaters and ABC Television, and his wife, Isabelle, joined forces with prominent New York businessman Jack Hausman, and his wife, Ethel, to improve the quality of life for their children with cerebral palsy and for others like them. The two families placed an advertisement in the New York Herald Tribune to recruit families interested in improving available services to children with disabilities so that families could stay together, and people with disabilities could be part of the community.

Hundreds of parents of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities responded to the advertisement and joined the Goldenson’s and Hausman’s in their crusade to create an organization to improve service for people with disabilities. 

To find out more about the United Cerebral Palsy Association, please visit: http://ucp.org/

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