United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida (UCP), a service provider and advocate for children and adults with a spectrum of disabilities, is proud to announce the expansion of The UCP Wheels for Humanity Program with a new affiliation, United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida Wheels for Humanity.
Established in 1947, United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida has maintained an active and respected presence in the South Florida community. It started when a group of parents came together to seek help for their children with cerebral palsy. The only available option was to send their children to an institution, which the families did not want to do. The parents founded their own organization and raised funds to provide therapeutic and vocational services for children with special needs.
Today, United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida offers comprehensive services every day throughout the year. Services offered consist of early intervention, integrated preschool, after school care, speech, physical and occupational therapy, adult vocational workshop, supported employment program and residential facilities for children and adults with special needs and other disabilities. From infants to senior citizens, children and adults participate in programs that will help them lead independent and meaningful lives.
UCP Wheels for Humanity (UCP Wheels), which has a distribution center in North Hollywood, California, refurbishes donated wheelchairs and hand fits them for children and adults with disabilities in developing nations. UCP Wheels then partners with international health-care organizations to identify those in greatest need. With a team of volunteer health care professionals, each recipient is individually fitted to the wheelchair that best fits their needs. Since 1996, UCP Wheels has helped more than 50,000 people with disabilities in more than 68 developing nations to gain increased mobility and dignity. United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida is hoping to replicate this model and to increase this international endeavor.
Our helping hands reach across the globe, transcending stereotypes, cultural beliefs and international politics. Won’t you join us in making a life changing difference in the lives of children and adults with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities?