The mission of UCP of Greater Cleveland is to empower children and adults with disabilities to advance their independence, productivity and inclusion in the community.
In 1950, UCP of Greater Cleveland was formed by a group of determined parents who saw few true opportunities for their children with cerebral palsy. During this time, it was often recommended that individuals with disabilities be placed in institutional settings rather than live with their families and be contributing members of the community. The parents that founded UCP knew that their children, and all individuals with disabilities, had a right to the most productive and inclusive life possible and joined together to make this a reality. What began as a loosely-knit group of programs consisting of a nursery school, a summer camp for children, a social-recreational program for adults, and a mother’s club has evolved into an accredited, high impact, thriving organization meeting the complex health and social challenges facing children and adults with a range of disabilities. UCP today provides a continuum of services throughout Greater Cleveland ranging from early intervention for infants and children’s therapy to lifelong adult residential and vocational supports.
We aspire to be a premier provider of life-long, high quality, innovative services to children and adults with disabilities and their families. Agency services will be offered with a focus on our shared core values, including being client-centered, collaborative and acting with compassion and integrity. The agency will vigorously pursue excellence, financial sustainability, and mission-related growth.
Who We Serve
UCP of Greater Cleveland serves over 1,500 children and adults every year. While the agency initially served only children with cerebral palsy, we are now a network of support for people with a wide spectrum of disabilities including but not limited to, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, among others.