Our Name Change & Why
United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida, (UCP) which included 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 after 70 years of affiliation with the national United Cerebral Palsy Association organization.
We decided to make this change because we have grown dramatically and are so different from the tiny 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 UCP history 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 have 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.
Our supports and services had also dramatically changed over the past 70 years 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 careful consideration of our 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 known as United Community Options of South Florida, formerly United Cerebral Palsy as of April 1, 2017.