Public Policy & Advocacy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) and the disability community it has served since 1949 stands at a moment of great change. While UCP has a history and strong network that provides the familiar large-scale, organization-based care giving, there is a clear opportunity to move into the future.

The future leads to a new direction where technological innovation and Internet connectedness hyper-empowers more and more individuals to organize without traditional organizations and makes everyone peers and better able to self-determine their own potential.

Since 2004, UCP has been studying this path, incubating its possibilities through a series of conversations and projects dubbed as the Life Without Limits Initiative (LWL). Initially funded by a multi-year grant from WellPoint, LWL’s projects included focus groups, future mapping exercises, compiling social research and white paper development, online campaigns (Don’t Block My Vote and Who Will Care?), social media experiments, a crowd-sourced immersive scenario game (Ruby’s Bequest), and issue specific support websites (My Child Without Limits).

What is known for certain is that the next 10 years will look very different from the past 60 years. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has significantly brought more differently-abled people into the workforce. The Internet and mobile devices have given almost everyone augmented lives. And ranks of those identifiable as having a “disability” will swell even more with aging baby boomers.