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
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 59-0799925
407-852-3300
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Rating: 5 stars  

The opportunity to volunteer in Shakespeare with Heart, an inclusive summer camp sponsored by UCP in collaboration with UCF and the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre came to my wife, Krista and me four years ago. The experience of interacting with such creative, energized, and talented children has brought us back year after year! UCP provides an avenue for children with and without disabilities to craft a unique production so full of heart and genuine enthusiasm that we look forward every year to a new adventure with these wonderful children. Thank you to Drs. Ilene Wilkins and Rebecca Hines from UCP and UCF and to Anne Herring from the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre for your creativity and hard work! This experience is one that ALL particpants contribute equally to a hugely rich experience!

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The opportunity to understand the relationships among disabled and nondisabled children while working toward a collective goal.

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

This is an awesome opportunity that gets better every year!

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In 2009 my son was kicked out of a pre-school because he kind of did his own thing and could handle a group setting I was told...I had him evaluated for speech and whatever else they found that my son needed..They agency sent my son to UCP and it ws the PERFECT fit for him...He has come so far in speech and his fine motor skills and general socializing since then...I wish he could stay at UCP forever...we moved away for 6 months and before I even got back to FL I called UCP to put him back in school there...UCP has forever changed my son's lie for the better and will forever bein my heart for all they have done for my son!

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

by seeing my son take part in group activities and making friends and his speech/language getting close to the normal range

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

pay the teachers and therapists more

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have watched as this organization has grown and become a leader in the education of children with Cerebral Palsy under the leadership of Dr. Ilene Wilkins.

Their programs should be role models for other programs across the country. I look forward to continuing to watch their amazing progress.

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As I am not in Florida, I can only admire their work from afar and hope that other cities can emulate their programs.

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

See to it that it was duplicated throughout the country

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have supported UCP for over eight years as a stage technician, production manger and producer of their annual fundraising gala. I am continually amazed at the quality of organization as well as quality of results produced by UCP. During the past two years they have raised millions of dollars in order to build one of the countries finest experimental 'all inclusive' schools. They have incredible results like Gina Incandela who at two was a non-speaking autistic child, and now sings the National Anthem at Orlando Magic games!!!! And she is just one of the many, many, many success stories. I love that they incorporate music and art into their curriculum. I love the one on one work they do. I LOVE UCP!

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I do not have a family member who used UCP. I've been involved through Walt Disney World's support and ultimately as a personal passion.

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

Hire a consultant to assist them with their growth. They are no longer a "mom & pop" level business and they need to make the leap to a larger business structure so they can continue to grow without collapsing because they don't have the infrastructure they need.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Introduce the volunteers to the kids they are helping. Or have a picnic like event that would include UCP families and volunteers.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, I have learned how to put a large scale gala on with volunteers and donations.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I made a difference

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

UCP IS THE BEST SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY OR ANY DISABILITY!! THEY HAVE A FABULOUS STAFF, EXTREMELY DEDICATED, AND LOVES AND CARES FOR EACH AND EVERY CHILD!! JUST LIKE THEY ARE THEIR OWN CHILDREN!!

THEY REALLY TRUELY CARE AND THEY GIVE THEM THE BEST EDUCATION AND GUIDANCE!!

I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL TO ALL!!! I WOULD TELL EVERYONE WHO HAS EITHER A CP CHILD, OR ANY DISABLED CHILD, TO GO TO UCP, FOR THERE ARE NONE BETTER!!!! G-D BLESS UCP!!!!

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OUR GRANDSON LOVES UCP, AND WE ARE STARTING TO SEE SMALL DIFFERENCES, WHICH ARE HUGE DIFFERENCES TO US!! HE IS SMILING AND LAUGHING MORE AND STARTING TO BE MORE ATTENTITIVE, AND WAS NOT THIS WAY AT ALL!! THANKS TO UCP!!!

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

BUILD MORE UCP SCHOOLS, FOR WE NEED MORE FABULOUS SCHOOLS LIKE UCP ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, JUST SO BLESSED TO HAVE UCP NEAR US RIGHT IN CENTRAL FLORIDA!!! THANK YOU UCP!!! :)

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter received early intervention services for autism at UCP of Central Florida School for Children with Special Needs. The staff was outstanding and it made a difference in her life that exceeded all of our expectations. They are truly devoted to their children and go above and beyond to fill the specific needs of each child. We were lucky to have found UCP as are the thousands of parents and children in our area that have found help and hope in their center.

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I have seen the amazing results with my child.

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

Not change anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

WITH out you guys my son wouldnt get the HELP he needs hes progressed so much thank you so much for everything UCP SCHOOL IN THE EAST CAMPUS BAILY CENTER

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

my son is doing allot more than he did with you guys

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

none

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