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United Cerebral Palsy

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Founded  1949
Income  5.973 million USD (2011)
Founder  Leonard Goldenson
Assets  10.39 million USD (2011)
Type of business  Nonprofit organization
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Key people  Stephen L. Bennett (President and CEO) Gloria Johnson-Cusack (Chair of the Board of Trustees)
Headquarters  Washington, D.C., United States
Similar  Easterseals, National Down Syndrom, Special Olympics, National Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy Association

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is an international nonprofit charitable organization consisting of a network of affiliates. UCP is a leading service provider and advocate for adults and children with disabilities. As one of the largest health nonprofits in the United States, the UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.


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UCP was founded in 1949 by Leonard Goldenson (who would later become Chairman of the broadcast network ABC) and his wife Isabel, and Jack and Ethel Hausman. United Cerebral Palsy pioneered the use of fundraising telethons.

Service provider

UCP through its more than 80 local affiliates across the United States, and in Canada, Australia provide a broad array of services and resources to children and adults with a broad range of disabilities. Each affiliate provides a different menu of services tailored to their local needs and capabilities, but often include education, employment, health & wellness, housing, parenting & family training and support, sports & leisure, transportation and travel assistance. With a combined budget of more than $750 million for research, public policy advocacy and direct services. System-wide, an average of 85 percent of all revenue is dedicated to programs.


In addition to raising money for services and research, UCP also engages in public policy advocacy, including promoting access and opportunity for people with disabilities, and the provision of services. In the United States, UCP was one of the catalyst organizations advocating for the adoption of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990. More recently, UCP has been on the cutting edge of disabilities rights with programs such as Life Labs, a national initiative to foster innovation and technology. Another significant initiative is My Child Without Limits, which provides resources, information and support for parents of young children with disabilities.

Calls for name change

In April 2013, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland announced that it would change its name from UCP to Unified Community Connections to make it clearer which clientele served by the organization. Other affiliates have chosen not to include the phrase "United Cerebral Palsy," as part of their doing business as names or logos even if it might remain part of their legal names, in an effort to be more encompassing of their programs and services.


UCP is led by a 25-person Board of Trustees and President/CEO Stephen Bennett. The headquarters is in Washington, DC.


UCP meets the standards of the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau/Wise Giving Alliance.


United Cerebral Palsy Wikipedia