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Your UCP: National October 11, 2003
One-Stop Resource Guide

UCP Resource Guide

For more than 50 years, UCP has been committed to change and progress for persons with disabilities. UCP's disability knowledge has been accruing for more than half a century. Here is a quick look at the basics to get you started.

  • About UCP: Get to know UCP—its history and mission, and more!
  • What is Cerebral Palsy? Knowledge is power! Learn about cerebral palsy as a health condition. See a list of famous people with cerebral palsy.
  • Parenting a Child with a Disability: An infant's or young child's diagnosis with a disability changes a family's life forever. The ability of a family to meet these challenges is determined largely by available knowledge and support from community-based organizations like UCP and especially from friends and family members. Other UCP-suggested reading includes Each of Us Remember....
  • Find Your Local UCP: For more information on UCP services offered in your community, please contact your local UCP affiliate. Services may include therapy, assistive technology training, early intervention programs, individual and family support, social and recreation programs, community living, state and local referrals, employment assistance, and advocacy. If there is no UCP affiliate in your area, please contact UCP's national office at 1-800-872-5827 for resource information.
  • UCP Research Foundation: The UCP Research & Educational Foundation is the principal non-government agency in the USA sponsoring research directly related to the prevention of cerebral palsy and to improvement in the quality of life of persons with cerebral palsy and related developmental disorders. Two comprehensive research status reports are available for your use: The Prevention of Cerebral Palsy and Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy.
  • Assistive Technology: What You Need to Know: Assistive technology often plays a vital role in the lives of people with disabilities. According to the federal Assistive Technology Act, assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
  • Funding: You may often ask yourself, "How am I going to pay for this?" The following documents may help:
  • Advocacy and Public Policy: UCP's public policy goal is to advocate for appropriate laws and regulations for the rights of people with disabilities and for disability funding programs. Quickly e-mail Members of Congress by using UCP's Legislative Action Center or find the latest news on the federal government in UCP's latest issue of Washington Watch newsletter.
  • How to Help UCP: With UCP, both your money and time are well utilized. UCP is one of the largest health charities in the United States and is also one of the most financially responsible.
  • Internet Resources and Discussion Groups: The UCP Web site covers many topic areas—Education, Employment, Housing, Parenting & Families, Health & Wellness, Sports & Leisure, Travel, Transportation, and Products and Services. Each of these Channels offers information, as well as targeted Internet Resources and a Discussion Group. We encourage you to visit and interact with other people with disabilities, parents, and advocates.

Please note: It is UCP's goal also to offer this Web site in Spanish. Although we have not yet translated the entire site to other languages, you will find many articles in Spanish throughout this Web site. Our Spanish speaking staff is limited, but we will answer any questions you might have as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

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