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United Cerebral Palsy of Ohio - Empowering People with Disabilities

  • Published: 2009-11-30 (Revised/Updated 2010-09-26) : Disabled World.
  • Synopsis: UCP organization offers people choices and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

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UCP of Ohio envisions the empowerment of individuals to exercise control over their lives in a community that treats them with dignity and respect.

UCP of Ohio offers a number of programs that are designed to promote self-reliance. The programs the organization presents offer people choices and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and persons with aging conditions. The UCP of Ohio considers aging conditions to include, but not be limited to:

Alzheimer's Disease
Cardiovascular Disease
Stroke-related conditions
Chronic medical illnesses
Auditory/Visual impairments

The UCP of Ohio has programs that serve people with disabilities as well. Some of the disabilities the organization's programs addresses include, but are not limited to:

Cerebral Palsy
Multiple Sclerosis
Mental Retardation
Parkinson's Disease
Huntington's Disease
Traumatic Brain Injury
Developmental Disabilities

UCP of Ohio offers both facility and community-based services that allow people to receive services at the UCP Center, as well as at the Reese Adult Day Center in Newark. They give people training and support through three different Adult Day programs, as well as the Careers Unlimited Employment Program. UCP Ohio currently serves greater than one-hundred and eighty-five people and families in Central Ohio. The organization has a staff of around forty people who are dedicated to delivering services for the areas they serve. UCP of Ohio works with individuals, families and caregivers to provide the tools and knowledge needed to gain the expectations and dreams of the people they are there to serve.

The programs that the UCP of Ohio offers are aimed at serving the people the organization was incorporated for - people with disabilities and people with aging conditions. Among the programs the organization offers are Adult Day Programs, Habilitation programming, and Employment programming. What follows is a description of some of these services.

Grace Kindig Adult Day Program: The Grace Kindig Adult Day Program is a daytime one that presents an alternative to nursing home care. Low staff to participant ratios allow older adults to receive both the supervision and assistance they need in a environment that is safe and monitored. Staff members who are experienced and sensitive staff share in the responsibility of caring for loved ones in the family, allowing them to remain at home longer.

Reese Adult Day Program: The Reese Adult Day Center is there to serve adults who are age thirty-five or older and are living in Licking county who experience disability or an aging condition, and require assistance with personal care and medical needs throughout the day. The Reese Center gives family member the opportunity to maintain employment while their loved ones remain safe and comfortable in a monitored environment during the day.

Habilitation Program: The UCP of Ohio's Habilitation Program is a community-based one that is designed to help people with acquiring, keeping, and improving the self-help, socialization and adaptive skills needed in order to successfully live in home and community-based settings. The goal of Habilitation Services is to enhance the development of everyone who participates through recognizing and facilitating their maximum potential.

All of the services related to the program are based upon a person-centered philosophy whereby each person is encouraged to assist the team to define their needs, as well as to identify their desired supports. The UCP of Ohio's Habilitation program offers people a fully-accessible, warm and supportive atmosphere for those who are eighteen years of age or older and experience a disability. The program addresses the individual needs of adults with intellectual or development disabilities, whether they are cognitive or physical. The program does this through a wide range of services that are designed to maximize the functional levels of the people it is there to serve.

The Habilitation program encourages relationships, creating a culture that involves, supports, as well as validates participants. It takes into consideration the limitations and impairments of the people who participate, promoting improvements and maintenance of their mental and physical health. The program supports their self-determination and sense of control, while maintaining a safe environment.

The people who participate in the Habilitation program have the opportunity to make new friends, go on community outings, and participate in daily activities - all from a safe, monitored environment. The program is a comprehensive, structured, nonresidential one. It provides social work services, health services, personal care services, as well as recreational activities.

Careers Unlimited Employment Program: The Careers Unlimited Program has greater than fifteen years of experience at matching the right people with the right jobs, as well as problem-solving capabilities. The program presents job readiness training in order to prepare people who are looking for competitive employment. It seeks to satisfy the needs of the people it is there to serve through personalized employment services.

The Careers Unlimited Program also provided quality, qualified employees to employers. The program's use of an empowering and supportive approach throughout the process ensures a successful match for everyone involved; it is their promise. People with a variety of disabilities are served through the program, to include people with quadriplegia, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, mental illness, development disabilities, and autism. The Career Unlimited Program's entire purpose is to empower people with disabilities through gainful employment while supporting their efforts towards achieving excellence.

UCP of Ohio is a member of the national United Cerebral Palsy Association, serving people in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, and Pickaway counties. The organization is affiliated with the Central Ohio Agency on Aging, as well as the Ohio Association of Adult Day Services. They are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation (CARF). UCP Ohio works to provide individualized programs and supports to people with aging conditions and disabilities.

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