Agency Timeline

United Cerebral Palsy

1950

UCP of Greater Cleveland is formed by a group of concerned parents of children with cerebral palsy. Services initially include a nursery school program, a children’s summer camp, a social-recreational program for adults and a mothers club.

1953

An Academic Readiness Program is established to meet the needs of school-aged children.

1958

United Cerebral Palsy becomes a United Way partner agency.

1961

Adult Workshop is established. Comprehensive Care Program opens at Metropolitan General Hospital

1967

Women’s Committee is established to expand education about cerebral palsy, provide volunteer services and raise funds for agency programs.

1976

First Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF Accreditation) is received.  Thirteen consecutive three-year accreditations follow.

1980

National Weekend with the Stars telethon is aired. Independent Living Program is established.

1983

Certification as a Medicaid Rehabilitation Clinic is approved by the Ohio Department of Health.

1986

Susan A. Dean, Ed.D. is named Executive Director.

1987

Community Employment program begins for adults.

1989

COMPUCAMP is established for children with disabilities.

1991

Edendale House group home opens.

1992

INTERFACE clerical training program begins at KeyCorp.

1993

Certification as a Medicaid Habilitation Center and Home and Community Based Waiver Provider is approved by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

1995

High School/High Tech career exploration program for teens is established.

1996

Capital Campaign for new facility is launched.

1997

First supported work site is established at Hospital Specialty Company (HOSPECO).

1999

Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Center is dedicated.

1999

Conductive Education pilot program is offered.  Adult Day Support program is established.

2000

“Sea World is Ours for the Night” 50th Anniversary Celebration.

2001

Steps to Independence® children’s intensive therapy program is piloted.

2003

Certification as a Level One Waiver Provider is approved by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

2004

Adult Day Support program expands with the opening of a third room. Community Employment Program receives 2004 Promising Programs & Practices Award from Rehabilitation Services Commission, Region V.

2005

Fourth Adult Day Support room is added. Memphis House group home opens.

2007

Patricia S. Otter Named Executive Director.

2008

UCP Westlake Opens.

2010

UCP was recognized as a 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Plain Dealer Top Workplaces Employer.

2012

UCP expands Adult Day Support Services to the Eastside, opening UCP Highland Hills.

2014

UCP closes Independent Living Program and merges Group Homes and Vocational Services to become Adult Services.

2016

UCP rebrands their two departments. Children’s Services becomes LeafBridge and Adult Services becomes OakLeaf.