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

Rating: 4.96 stars   28 reviews


3305 S Orange Ave Orlando FL 32806 USA


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.


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

Rating: 5 stars  

We love volunteering with UCP. While we have been blessed with two wonderful [now adult] children, both healthy, we know that this is not the case for every family. My nephew was born with CP and has gone on to lead a great life as an adult through the help he received through UCP in Los Angeles.

We volunteer with UCP in Central Florida as our way to 'pay it forward' for all that UCP has done for my nephew.

UCP instills confidence and a 'you can do it' value to those impacted with CP. Locally in Central Florida, UCP reaches out to people with a range of challenges, and seeing the work they do is nothing short of amazing.

We so GREATLY look forward to our next volunteer event with UCP.

While we volunteer to help and make a difference, at the end of each event, we find that it is us that are truly enriched through the event[s]. UCP always makes the volunteers feel welcomed and valued as part of a volunteer event. We have new friendships with people we might never have met but for volunteering with UCP! As volunteers, we all have the goal to make a difference in our community, so with that like-minded passion, as a team of volunteers across all generations and backgrounds, we find we have so much in common, it's something that defies words....I guess maybe 'passion to help others' is about as close to describing as I can come.

Please consider coming out and getting involved with this great organization. When I volunteered for my first event, alone and knowing no one, what I left with was fulfillment and joy of doing something wonderful, and enrichment of a great new group of volunteer friends.

UCP you do SO much GOOD for those you serve in Central Florida, but what you may not know is that there is a secondary need you meet by allowing us to bond as passionate volunteers, like-minded and committed to completing a successful event, and through this, forging lasting friendships in the volunteer community.

THANK YOU UCP! You are awesome!

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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.

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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: 4 stars  

I had the opportunity to volunteer in the kindergarten inclusion classroom. The students are experiencing a nurturing learning environment enhanced with technology and the arts.

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

I had the opportunity as a doctoral student to work with students in the inclusion classroom to conduct action research examining the impact of mathematics software on learning.

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

Increase the existing relationship with the University of Central Florida.

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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!

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

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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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.

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Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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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

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