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About UCP of NYC
United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, Inc. (UCP of NYC) is the leading nonprofit agency in New York City providing direct services, technology and advocacy to children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. UCP of NYC offers a breadth of more than 75 comprehensive programs including medical, clinical, educational, technological, residential and rehabilitative services to over 14,000 New York City residents and families annually. Our services are delivered by a staff of more than 1,500 trained and dedicated individuals, including many employees who themselves have disabilities.
The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City is to create opportunities for people with disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
United Cerebral Palsy of New York City was founded in 1946 by parents of children with cerebral palsy. This was during an era when institutionalization was the primary "service" available to families, and little was known in the medical profession about cerebral palsy. Frustrated by the absence of services, a pioneering group of families banded together to establish UCP of NYC and alert physicians to the need for specialized services for children with disabilities. UCP of NYC's inaugural commitment to raising awareness about disabilities laid the necessary groundwork for greater advocacy and service programming in years to come.
In 1949, through the efforts of agency founders, Jack Hausman and Leonard Goldenson, a National organization was established, merging all parent groups into one national entity: The United Cerebral Palsy Associations. UCP of New York City quickly evolved into the single largest affiliate of the National association, and helped give birth to the civil rights movement responsible for radically improving the lives of children and adults living with disabilities. As participating families forged relationships with medical personnel, social service organizations, and community groups, UCP of NYC emerged as the most widely respected provider of programs and services for individuals with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.