UCP’s knowledge of disability issues has been accruing for more than 60 years. Connecting individuals and families with the resources and services they need helps fulfill UCP’s mission of advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with a spectrum of disabilities.
UCP’s Public Education & Outreach (PEO) efforts include two primary components:
- Online Resources for Information & Referral
- State Resource Guides (comprehensive listing of resources for every US state and territory)
- Toll-free Telephone Hotline: (800) 872-5827
2. Public Education Campaigns: The heart of UCP’s PEO effort is four public education campaigns, which include the following.
UCP populates this robust tool for parents and caregivers of young children, ages 0-5, with developmental delays or disabilities. The website features Read Speaker, a tool that helps those with reading difficulties, or those on the go, to access the site It is also available in Spanish. Check out its resources, online support community, welcome parent pack program and more!
Brave Kids serves children and youth, ages 6 – 17, with disabilities or chronic/life threatening illnesses by providing information and resources on numerous medical conditions.
My Life Without Limits, UCP’s early initiative, will look at the unique interests and challenges of individuals, ages 18 and older, with disabilities. Topics that will be addressed in this program include college and postsecondary education, jobs and employment, housing, healthcare, social life and more. My Life Without Limits will be an online, community-driven program that allows adults with disabilities to connect and share ideas and interests with one another. If you would like to learn more about the program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Siblings play a major role in the lives of people with disabilities, but relatively few supports exist for this part of the family. UCP will be developing a comprehensive new online resource, which will be combined with new research and convenings, to bolster this important part of the family.