Our Name Change & Why
United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida, (UCP of South Florida), which includes United Cerebral Palsy Association of Miami Inc., United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida Charter Schools, Inc., Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services Inc. and United Cerebral Palsy of Broward, Palm Beach and Mid Coast Counties, Inc., made the decision to change their name in 2016 and decided to operate doing business as (DBA) United Community Options of South Florida (UCO of South Florida) while keeping our legal name the same. Our 70 + year history of being affiliated with the national United Cerebral Palsy organization remains but like many UCP’s around the country, we felt the name no longer reflected all that we are and do.
We decided to make this change because we have grown dramatically and are so different from the small organization started in Miami in 1947 by parents of children with cerebral palsy who needed services because little existed in our community at that time. We are very proud of our long history and affiliation with the national UCP organization but the UCP name had caused confusion regarding who we serve and often prevented those who could benefit from our services and supports from contacting us.
For many years we served children and adults with a wide range of needs and abilities including physical, intellectual and neurological disabilities as well as developmental delays and developmental disabilities. In addition to cerebral palsy, we serve people with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, spina bifida, Prader-Willi syndrome, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and those who are technology dependent or medically fragile, as well as typically developing children and adolescents. We have also tried to connect families with the services of a medical malpractice lawyer in Florida to investigate if the cerebral palsy suffered by their child was the result of something that could have been avoided if a proper duty of care had been adhered to.
Our supports and services had also dramatically changed since 1947 to include a wide variety of settings and options. Our services include: schools (private (school board contract (Early Beginnings Academy), McKay Scholarship (Transitional Learning Academy and Diamond Minds Transformational Leadership Academy), Step Up for Students (Transformational Leadership Academy), charter (Early Beginnings Academy), summer, after school, VPK, childcare), adult training (Adult Day Training/sheltered workshop, Life Long Learning Program, supported employment), residential options (group homes, Intermediate Care for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID)-(MCP), supported living coaching and in home supports, therapy (physical, occupational, speech, music and behavioral), transportation as well advocacy and respite services.
It was with care and consideration of our long history and our future that we selected a new name that reflected who we support and serve and the wide array of supports/services/programs we offer, providing choices and options for children, adults and their families.
We are very proud to be doing business as (DBA) United Community Options of South Florida, (affiliated with United Cerebral Palsy and UCP of South Florida), the umbrella name for the family of organizations doing business as: United Community Options of Miami (UCO of Miami), United Community Options of Broward, Palm Beach & Mid-Coast Counties (UCO of Broward & Palm Beach), United Community Options of South Florida Charter Schools Inc., and Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services Inc. (MCP).
Please learn more about us by clicking on Our Programs for a detailed description of programs, supports and services in Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties by each of the organizations that make up United Community Options of South Florida that include links for more detailed program information.
Join us in achieving our common goal of striving to enable all children and adults with disabilities, as well as typically developing children and adolescents, and their families to reach their greatest potential and achieve rewarding and productive lives as fully participating and contributing members of their communities.