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United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County

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Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Health, Health (General & Financing), Human Services

Mission: The mission of UCP of Orange County is to help children with disabilities reach their full potential and improve the quality of life for their families.

Results: As one of Orange County’s longstanding service providers, UCP-OC has seen the demand for services for children with disabilities become more urgent, year after year. To keep pace with this evolving need, UCP-OC more than doubled its annual number of service hours, from 65,018 hours in FY10 to 163,590 in FY19. In FY19, UCP-OC served 5,314 children and family members. We also provided 20,354 hours of early intervention and pediatric therapy, and spent 143,236 hours at childcare programs and in the homes of families, caring for children with disabilities. Our services lead to life-changing outcomes as well. In 2018, 87 percent of the children we served met three or more of their treatment goals, and 97 percent of family members stated that they felt better able to care for their child, thanks to UCP-OC’s services.

Target demographics: children with disabilities and their family members

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,314 children and their family members

Geographic areas served: Orange County

Programs: UCP-OC’s core programs include 1) Pediatric Therapy: High-quality physical, occupational, and speech therapy for children with disabilities. 2) In-Home Early Intervention: In-home intervention for households that have an infant or toddler with a disability. 3) Respite and Inclusive Childcare: Places caregivers in the child’s home while parents are away, providing relief to parents who often stretch time and resources to care for their child. These caregivers also support childcare centers throughout Orange County so children with disabilities can interact with developmentally-typical peers. 4) Recreation: Children explore personal interests and socialize through after-school and community activities like fitness and dance. 5) Family Support Services: We facilitate workshops and support groups designed to help families cope with the challenges of having a child with a disability.

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