Founded in 1949, UCP of Metropolitan Detroit (UCP/Detroit) is one of over 100 affiliates of United Cerebral Palsy. UCP/Detroit is Southeast Michigan’s source for information & referral and services for individuals with disabilities, their families and friends. We work to advance the independence of all people with any physical, mental or emotional limitation that society calls a "disability" and to secure their right to self-determination and inclusion.
WHAT IS CEREBRAL PALSY?
Cerebral palsy is considered a neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development. Cerebral palsy primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination. Though cerebral palsy can be defined, having cerebral palsy does not define the person that has the condition.
WHAT DOES UCP/DETROIT DO?
UCP/Detroit provides information and referral services, employment program (Work Incentive Planning Assistance), individual and family support services (Person Centered Advocacy), community inclusion and independent living supports and community education. More than 65% of the people served by UCP/Detroit have a disability other than cerebral palsy. These include spinal cord injuries, visual disabilities, learning disabilities and other disabilities that affect daily living.
WHO SUPPORTS OUR PROGRAMS?
UCP/Detroit is one of over 110 local non-profit organizations that receives funds from United Way Community Services. Additional funds are raised through various fundraising activities, special events, bequests and memorials, and private donations.
UCP/Detroit is also consistently recognized as one of the most efficient charitable organizations in the United States by several publications, including The Chronicle of Philanthropy. More than 85 cents of every dollar raised is used to provide programs and services for people with disabilities.
HOW CAN I HELP?
You can contribute directly to UCP/Detroit, or participate in our fundraising events. Volunteers are always needed to assist us with various projects and special events that are conducted throughout each year. For more information about UCP/Detroit, call 248-557-5070 or 800-827-4843.