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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Education, Health, Pediatrics, Preschools, Rehabilitative Care

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

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Robin80

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.



1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Cheryl F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for your love and attention for our son, Nicholas. We are thrilled to hear that Ms. Merry Casey will be looping up with Nicholas' class to teach him in 1st grade next year. It's loving, enthusiastic, caring teachers like her that make UCP Bailes Campus such a terrific school. Her visit see him in the hospital last week meant the world to him.

Since Nicholas has spina bifida and hydrocephalus, we really worried about having a school that would be attentive to his emotional needs (with several hospitalizations a year) as well as adapting to his physical needs since he walks with a walker. UCP has been so phenomenal for him. He's not only feeling very loved, but despite significant speech delays and fine and gross moter deficits, he's on grade level for starting first grade next year.

The Integrated Arts are what drew us to the Bailes Campus. Volunteering with Ms. Lang I have seen first-hand the connections this makes for the students with subjects such as math, science and social studies. Their little faces light up as they learn through movement, music, papier mache and paint subjects that they would usually have to be still for. These students wiggle their way through poems, crawl their way through nutrition, and bounce their way across make-believe globes, too busy laughing gleefully to realize how much they are learning.

Project-based learning...I'm gonna say it again....Project-based learning. I taught at a Maitland Middle School for eight years, including two while implementing the IB programme, and so I know from an educators perspective how important hands-on activities are to learning. With the pressures of standardized testing, even many good schools have allowed these activities to go by the wayside for more pencil and paper drills. At Bailes, the opposite is true. As a parent I am thrilled that pencil and paper have to take a backseat part of the day to that of learning through actual experiences.

PTA - sounds like a buzzword or just a title for a group, but it is more than that at Bailes. We are truly striving for "P"arents, "T"eachers, "A"dministrators and even students to work together as a community to hear concerns and work together for the best health, safety, education and happiness of the students.

1 April H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son MIchael was born at 24 weeks old, and started attending United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida when he was 2 1/2 years old. When Michael started school he didn't like to socialize or be in groups. He just turned 8 years old, and cannot stop talking. The bigger the crowd the better for him. He does things that his father and I never dreamed he would do, and I know there is more to come. The people who work for UCP want to be there and they want serve the families, this environment gives parents peace in knowing their childfren are in happy place where the limits to what the children can achieve and learn are boundless.

1 Tracy E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Marytza S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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