UCP Central PA

Rating: 4.9 stars   63 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Health, Human Services

Location: 925 Linda Lane Camp Hill PA 17011 USA

Mission: The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania, Inc., a 501 (c)( 3), non-profit charitable organization, is to assist infants, children, youth, and adults, with disabilities, and their families, achieve their goals of development, growth, independence, and full citizenship.
Target demographics: people of all ages and abilities
Direct beneficiaries per year: by providing both community and center-based programs and services to nearly 3,800 individuals with disabilities and their family members.
Geographic areas served: Centre, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northern York, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, and Union counties
Programs: Services for Children, Youth, & Families UCP Central PA Provides Wide Ranging Services for Children of All Abilities Services for Adults with Physical Disabilities UCP’s Community Support Services Provide Comprehensive Services for Adults Aged 18-59 with a Physical Disability Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities UCP Central PA Provides a Vast Network of Support for Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities Services for Seniors UCP Central PA Provides In-Home Care and Service Coordination for Seniors
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 23-1433882
717-737-3477
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our son has special needs and after seeing information on the autism web site about UCP helping our kiddos, I contacted them. Not only did they provide valuable information for how to get specific help for my child but they also hold various outings for children with disabilities. It is a great opportunity for our son to be social with other kids and not feel judged. UCP also provides advocacy for help with school districts and my childs IEP. Thank you UCP Kathy Roberts

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Advocacy

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Hire more knowledgeable staff to assist with advocacy for children with IEPs

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Rating: 5 stars  

I believe in this charity because a large part of my donation is used to provide services directly to individuals who receive services. This organization operates so effeciently, and with a published overhead of only 8%, I am confident that my donation is put to good use. I appreciate the fact that UCP provides services to people with all types of disabilities and conditions, and all ages of people. Therefore, I know my money will be used where the need is greatest, and I will not have to make the determination on my own who has the most need.

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I enjoy reading the success stories via the newsletter publication.

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Find a way to inform more people that the organization is a diverse organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We began receiving services from UCP when our son was only a few weeks old. His diagnosis was very grim and the potential for quality of life very low. We were told by many doctors what he wouldn't do, and some nurses that we shouldn't even try. The fantastic individuals at UCP diligently worked with us and our son to maximize his potential, regardless of what was expected. We were able to mark milestones we never imagined, and though it was months and even years of hard work sometimes, those small beautiful moments are the ones I will treasure for decades now that he has passed.

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my skills as a parent and in my son's life

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

increase my exposure in the community for families that are not aware or may not be aware they are eligible to be helped by UCP services, not just children and adults with cerebral palsy

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Rating: 5 stars  

I called when my youngest daugther was having trouble in school. Her teachers and the school staff were not providing proper support for her. She has several dx, including autism, DAMP, and a social interaction disorder. An advocate met with me to explain how to work with the school, attended IEP meetings and helped me get my daughter the services, both in school and outside of school, she needed. The advocate was wonderful, knowledgable and understood my daughter's needs!

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the benefits my daughter experienced resulting from the advocacy program.

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

Not change a thing!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As professional in the field and a parent of a child who received services through UCP Central PA, I have had a wide array of experiences with UCP and their staff. The experience impacting my youngest son is the one that stands out the most for me!! My son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity and Impulsivity when he was 3 1/2 years old. With this diagnosis, we, along with the staff at UCP's preschool (where he went to for childcare and preschool), experienced a range of emotional outbursts. Some so significant that I am sure most other childcare / preschool programs would have asked him to leave. While there were many ups and downs along the road, the staff hung in there through the thick and thin of it. They rose to the challenge and knew that all I asked was that they at least try something to help him successfully complete a day in preschool. I remember saying that I was prepared for failure if they tried, but not prepared for failure from a lack thereof. Let me tell you, everyone tried!! We as parents were learning and trying new tactics for pick-up time and time in the evening. The staff was trying tactics that focused on our son's strengths, in hopes of overcoming his challenges. The Family Services team was always there with input and advice for specific situations. The therapists on-site were a godsend when we were faced with challenging behavioral outbursts. It was definitely a group effort...one for which I will be forever grateful. I am not sure what my husband and I would have done during those ealry years without the help, guidance, and support of the staff at UCP's Childhood Programs!

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both personal and professional ways!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering for UCP Central PA for a few years now for a variety of their fundraisers. The range of services available from this organization for people with ant type of special need is truly amazing - chil care, counseling, assistive technology - and the list goes on from there. It's a pleasure giving my time when needed to assist such a worthy organization.

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seeing the happiness that the simple pleasure of Family Fun Day brought to so many children with special needs.

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

Get them more vo;unteers

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

My youngest son first received services from UCP 3 years ago. A developmental therapist came to our home once a week. I was impressed right away by how she was able to get my son to open up and actually try things (which were cleverly disguised as fun!). Eventually, my son started attending the inclusive preschool program at UCP's Capital Area Children's Center. A shy boy with speech delay graduated the program to enter kindergarten with great social skills and is up to speed with the other kids and beyond! We are so proud of him and so thankful to UCP! Both my sons have benefited from the Family Services activities, such as the Fall Fun Fair and Dance Night.

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the positive results I have seen in my son and the enjoyment my family received from the programs.

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get the word out about the services! I heard about UCP through Early Intervention services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

UCP has helped me in a variety of ways for more than a decade. They have helped with attendant care services, finding assistive technology and providing training to use it, and support for me as I work toward starting my own business. The people working for them have been great and make an extra effort.

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home care, education support, and business support

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Rating: 3 stars  

I receive sevrices through the Geriatric Care Management aservices at UCP. This service has been wonderful. Sheila handles all my medical bills, checking with all insurances to ensure payments have been correctly billed. Without this service I would probably end up paying bills that I did not need to. She also has been assisting me to go through the process to get ready to be placed on the kidney transplant list. UCP provides outstanding services for all ages and all disabilities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've volunteered on UCP's Magic Night committee. Here I've gained access to what UCP stands for and their mission to helping others. The staff behind UCP is amazing and believes strongly in their mission. It is a group of people, who commit themselves day and night, to completing their goals and becoming an even better organization.

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I've experienced seeing others thrive from this organization and the good they bring to everyday lives of children and adults. From kids having a speech disability and learning how to overcome that disability to adults struggling with everyday chores, UCP is there to help them learn how to best deal with these obstacles; allowing them to become an even better individual.

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I would offer them more money so they could make even more changes that would help others succeed. From what I've seen there are programs for kids and teenagers, but once these kids reach a certain age the programs end. It would be wonderful if there was a way for these programs to continue into their early adulthood and thereafter.

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