United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Florida, Inc.

Rating: 4.96 stars   27 reviews

Issues: Education, Health, Cancer

Location: 3305 S Orange Ave Orlando FL 32806 USA

Mission: At UCP of Central Florida,we are the experts for children with special needs. By providing the best support, education and therapy, we offer hope to everyone touched by a disability.Our Set of Services:Support - We support our families with training and education, advocacy, information and referrals, and supportive counseling. Education - We provide pre-schoolearly intervention education in our charter schools for birth to five years; before and after school care; recreation and enrichment programsTHERAPY - We provide occupational, physical, speech and music therapy. Therapy is provided in our charter school program and as outpatient services to children from birth to 21 years.
Geographic areas served: Central Florida - Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake Counties.
Programs: UCP of Central Florida provides services for children and young adults, birth to age 21, with all types of developmental disabilties and delays. We currently serve 2300 children in six locations throughout Central Florida.Some of our programs include:-- Pre-School Charter School-- Pediatric Physical, Speech, and Occupational Therapy -- Family Support and Counseling-- Before/After School and Summer Camp Programs-- Transtional Learning Academy - A middle school program for students with disabilities who would not seek a regular diploma--Recreation programs including before and after school, summer camp, computer and gaming activities and social activities for adults with disabilities

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has special needs (autism) and this school has been amazing for him. I have seen such a difference in him in just a matter of a few weeks. The teachers, staff and administration have been so wonderful.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

Good, good people... They are experts with children with special needs. They have been at it for years now. I should know, they helped me and my family, as I was a child with special needs. I now am a contributing member of society here in central Florida. I would not be, if not for the help of UCP.



I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

First hand both my family And myself

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their reach, increase their donations, so that they could service more children and families

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with UCP for several years. I've seen the organization grow by leaps and bounds, helping more and more families every day. The board is engaged and supportive of the innovative ideas that have made UCP so impactful in our community. UCP is respected and looked upon as a leader in the non-profit sector. The staff at UCP has a work ethic unlike I have ever seen. These executives, teachers, therapists, accountants and support staff are admirable. I look up to them. Yes, they create miracle for families minute by minute. To me, that is expected. What is not expected is their amazing level of stick-to-it-tive-ness and their never give up attitude. Budget cuts, poor economies, competitive hiring environments, you name it - these people are strong willed and committed. When you see that, it gives you faith and belief in the work that they do, not just in the faces of the beautiful children, but in the team that makes the miracles happen.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping my community by serving on the Board and as Board Chair. It's a level of pride that is hard to describe.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money and force the government officials to spend time with our teachers, parents and children so they would make better decisions for the future of our state.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The hard work and dedication provided by UCP staff on behalf of the children of Central Florida is second to none! The way in which the staff approaches each individual child’s needs allows the child to develop at their own pace while remaining with their peers. The staff includes the families in every aspect of learning. As a board member, I have been so impressed at the way UCP handles “inclusion”. Children are learning at an early age that “everyone matters” and that everyone should be afforded the opportunity to live productive lives and be a valued part of society. I am proud to be a member of this board!
Terry

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

During each board meeting we receive a progress report on one or more children. I have see children that have come to the organization being told that they would never walk and through the hard work and dedication of the staff have walked across the stage at graduation!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make changes to the work being done at the centers, however I would provide more funding so they could reach more children!

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Rating: 5 stars  

What I love most about UCP is that its tireless staff and administration never forgets that the organization's biggest accomplishments are helping children reach significant milestones. Everytime I am involved with a UCP meeting, activity or event I hear amazing stories about the incredible progress that the children make at school. I am proud to a part of UCP.

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My experiences with UCP has led to my own personal growth. UCP helps me put things in perspective and reminds me the importance of giving.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to fill every seat in the classroom!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife introduced me to UCP when she was a physical therapist for the organization. I had the opportunity to meet other's she worked with and there was one common theme with everyone I met....., they cared. Beyond the job and beyond what was asked of them they truly cared about those they treated.

There was countless stories of parents who were told their child would not walk, talk or complete simple tasks before coming to UCP but after a few months at UCP they were seeing miracles come into motion before their eyes.

Seeing these examples first hand made me want to get involved and help the organization however my skills and time could.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through joining UCP at activities in their classrooms including Book Buds. The teachers were amazing and kept the children engaged and included in everything that was going on. Therapist could enter the classroom and work with the children all while these activities were going on. The commitment to the children was awe inspiring and the environment showed the power of a team working together to fully engage a child with special needs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to help them grow further so everyone in our community with a need can gain from the services UCP offers.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a board member and a former family member. The work that the teachers and therapists did with my granddaugher was nothing short of remarkable. She will be entering kindergarten this fall and is on pace with her peers. UCP is a wonderful blend of hard work and lots love. If you would have met my granddaughter four years ago you would never have imagined that she would be where she is today. Miracles do happen every day at UCP!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The progress of my granddaughter after an autism diagnosis at two years old.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Only make it bigger to help more children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I find UCP of Cenral Florida to be a place where the children come first and they recieve extraordinary encouragement,. They are treated with kindness and given real strength.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am astonished by the calmness and competenece of the teaching staff as they manage classrooms of chidren that have many needs. The teaching staff are professionals at every level.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the number of campuses to include Winter Park and Winderemere.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first introduction toUCP of Central Florida came through a professional colleague. He told me that the organization was unlike any he had ever had the pleasure of serving and that the Executive Director, Ilene Wilkins was an amazing person - both professionally and personally.

My first visit was to tour their Administrative Offices and the Child Development Center located in downtown Orlando. Shortly after my arrival on site, the fire alarm sounded. The reaction of the UCP staff was immediate and focused - anyone who had arms was to pick up a child. Since I qualified, I did as I was instructed and picked up a 7 month old Down syndrome child who quickly wrapped his arms tightly around my neck (and my heart). The patience, professionalism and total dedication of the UCP staff on that very rainy day struck me. Their sole focus was on the safety of their 'kids' and nothing, not even their own personal safety, could deflect that focus. We all stood outside in a cold, pouring rain for nearly an hour while firemen checked every inch of the building. The staff sang songs to soothe the children; they checked every child individually and gave their own sweaters/coats to protect the children.

I have long been an advocate that staff professional responsibility, dedication and reliability is a direct reflection of management. In this case, however, I quickly realized that the staff did not display the conduct they did only because their management trained them well, but also, and possibly more so, because they truly love the children they so carefully and conscientiously care for. I am truly blessed and honored to serve these wonderful people as a member of their Board.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Witnessing personally the success their therapies, counseling and loving care have had on children who attend their campuses. One such child has, in a few short years, gone from being totally noncommunicative to singing in front of thousdands of fans at a natioanlly-ranked basketball team's basketball games.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Improve their internal and external communications.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

UCP is the premiere place for children with and without disabilities to learn and grow. I am honored to have volunteered with such an amazing organization throughout my life, and have learned so much about pediatric healthcare and interventions as a result of my time at UCP. Each child's life is enriched to the nth degree by the love and compassion they are shown, paired with the encouragement to push to achieve their best potential. I love UCP!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching children I know grow and develop in ways no one thought possible!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change state legislation to make it easier for more kids to gain access to UCP's amazing resources!

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