Ucp Central Pa

Rating: 4.91 stars   64 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  

We became involded with UCP Central PA after our daughter was born with CdLS. They have provided our family with many valuble services including their "Sib Shop" for the siblings of special needs children. This is a wonderful program that allows brother and sisters to share their experiances. We have also gone to many other parent oriented programs and have found them all to be worthwhile and very well done. UCP of Central PA is staffed by a truly wonderful group of talented and caring people.

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

Education and programs for our children.

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

Start a parent support group with childcare.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We approached UPC on a recommendation because we heard wonderful things about the work the organization does. We needed help with understanding our son's disability and how we could help him. The plan the school had offered was clearly not in his best interest and we were frustrated with the lack of progress and unsure of what path would be best for him. Our advocate took the time to review all of our information, helped us map out a plan and actually came to the IEP meeting with us. It was such a relief to have Mel there to support and advise us. She really seemed to care about our son. Pam and Bill

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

successful iep meeting

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

contact Mel sooner

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Our UPC advocate has helped us greatly to receive IU services when we did not have a spedific diagnosis for our son's disability. She came to IEP meetings with us, advised and counseled us and fought for our son's rights. Thank you Mel for being such a strong advocate for us!

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

my son's IU preschool and in home services

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

have more staff available

 
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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

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

Advocacy

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

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

 
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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.

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

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!

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

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  

I worked as intern for UCP of Central PA for the last two summers. I must say both internships were quite rewarding experiences. Not only was I included at every staff meeting during my stint at UCP, but also I was made to feel like I was an essential part of the team. I felt like my thoughts and opinions were deeply considered and appreciated when expressed. Both internships gave me great confidence in myself and to be expose to the working world. I saw I could make a difference in the lives of individuals, some who have disabilities similar to my own, mainly through my words.

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

If I had a chance to make changes to this organization, I would advertise UCP more, so individuals were aware and could reap its benefits. UCP is a sanctuary where clients can follow their dreams; whatever they may be!

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The most significant benefit of my relationship with United Cerebral Palsy, I think, is to live independently, (with the help of my Mom and attendants, of course), and receive a college education. United Cerebral Palsy’s help proves that I can do anything with my life, even live in a dorm, not especially designed for individuals who have physical limitations. I never thought this possible before my involvement with the United Cerebral Palsy organization. Opportunities are limitless for those who are involved with the program. The receiver needs to have an open mind, though. Wildest dreams are possible with perseverance, self-motivation, faith in yourself and others’ faith in your abilities. United Cerebral Palsy continuously helps me to reach my goals; and with every success in my life, I am grateful to them.

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

various ways.

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

None

 
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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.

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

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

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

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.

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

home care, education support, and business support

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

N/A

 
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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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