If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you probably have several questions and concerns. How am I going to take care of my baby? What accommodations need to be made to my home? What kind of therapy will my baby need? Who can I talk to in making sure that my baby has everything that he or she needs? Fortunately, there is a plethora of help and support available to children with cerebral palsy and their loved ones. United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has helped a myriad of families and continues to be one of the strongest advocate organizations for children with disabilities.
What is the United Cerebral Palsy?
When a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, many parents are often confused and need assistance. There’s a life care plan to put together, accommodations and changes to be made to the house, therapy and education to consider, and probably an array of other concerns.
UCP is comprised of medical professionals, therapists, and people who have cared for an individual with cerebral palsy (such as a parent or a caregiver), all banding together to support people diagnosed with cerebral palsy and their families.
What Does the United Cerebral Palsy Do?
UCP is a non-profit agency designed to support the patients and families of patients who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. There is an established association in nearly every state in the United States. By bringing awareness and support services to CP patients and their families, UCP aims to help all children, regardless of how mild or severe their disabilities are, become as independent and successful as possible.
UCP also aims to help the public understand CP, including dispelling false myths and educating others on proper etiquette when communicating with people who have disabilities. For instance, an unfortunate yet common myth is that all children with CP will never be able to become financially independent. However, CP covers a wide spectrum, ranging from mild to extremely severe, and many children with the disorder may go on to establish their own successful careers and homes.
What Services Are Offered?
UCP offers a wide array of services to children with CP and their loved ones, including:
- Caregiving and family support
- Transportation assistance
- Housing help
- Health and wellness education
- Life Labs
- Fundraisers, and more
What Does the United Cerebral Palsy Do Nationwide?
UCP strives for social justice within both the community and within the nation. UCP is actively working to bring social justice in legislation, changing the face of federal policy regarding disabilities, and striving to build a better world across the nation for anyone who lives with CP.