From the CEO


It’s going to be another strong and exciting year for UCP and our network of 56 affiliates in the U.S. and Canada.

Case for Inclusion 2023

The next edition of the Case for Inclusion, co-published annually by UCP and the ANCOR Foundation, is in the final stages of editing, and it promises to be another impactful report. Since 2006, the publication has served as a key source of data and policy recommendations regarding the effectiveness of Medicaid-funded programs that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.

This year’s edition highlights the mounting challenges that providers, including many of our affiliates, face as they struggle to hire and retain qualified direct care workers. As the report states in its introduction, “Each day that passes without redress for the direct support workforce crisis leaves people with I/DD at greater risk of institutionalization and the threat of less access to the wider community.”

The date for the Case for Inclusion 2023 release will be announced soon. The virtual event is open to the public. Please check caseforinclusion.orgin the coming days and weeks for added information.

Bellows Fund awards nearly $500,000 in assistive technology grants at UCP affiliates nationwide

Thanks to generous grants from Elsie S. Bellows Charitable Fund, 568 applications from UCP affiliates were reviewed by the Bellows Committee and $446,366 in grants were distributed in the 2022 fiscal year.

“The Bellows grants have literally changed the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of children and adults over the years,” said UCP President and CEO Armando Contreras.

The Bellows Fund is a national program operated by UCP that provides funds to individuals with disabilities for the purchase of assistive technology equipment. Applications for funds must be submitted for an individual by a UCP affiliate to the UCP national office and reviewed by the Bellows Committee.

UCP Professional Learning Series webinar, March 9, 2023

The next presentation of the UCP Professional Learning Series will present Dr. Karen Harpster, “What to Know About Cerebral Visual Impairment: Evaluation and treatment to improve a child’s functional performance,” on March 9, 2023, 6 to 7:30 p.m. ET / 3 to 4:30 p.m. PT.

The Professional Learning Series is sponsored by United Cerebral Palsy and organized by the UCP Research Committee, Gillette Children’s/UCP of Minnesota and UCP of Central Arizona. The webinars are aimed at professionals who work with children and adults with cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental disabilities but also open to the public.

Click here to register today.

Click here for more information about the Professional Learning Series.

UCP joins Waymo Accessibility Network

United Cerebral Palsy is now part of the WAYMO Accessibility Network

The Waymo Accessibility Network aims to bring together disability advocates who share in the mission of improving access, mobility and safety in our communities.

Through the network, Waymo partners directly with organizations, like United Cerebral Palsy, that support people of all ages living with physical, visual, cognitive and sensory disabilities. Meet the members of the network.

UCP is proud to join Waymo’s Accessibility Network. Check out this recent article in Forbes magazine about the Waymo Accessibility Network.

Thank you for reading. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

With warm regards,

Armando Contreras


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