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Welcome the next generation of communication from UCP of Philadelphia & Vicinity.

We are proud and excited to bring to you our new, vibrant, interactive website. New features include a weekly blog, UCP social media interaction, event notifications, and the scoop on how to get involved and volunteer, in addition to updated resource materials. In addition the calendar, photo gallery, and program and services sections are now more engaging and interactive, making the content sharable. Our goal is build awareness of our mission and provide a source of information to our community.

We are UCP


Our mission is to positively affect the quality of life for persons with cerebral palsy and other physical and developmental disabilities.

United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity was formed in 1946 by six parents coming together to make a better life for their children who had been born with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy was not widely understood at the time and children living with the condition were often placed in institutions. These parents believed their children deserved more out of life and, together, set out to change the lives of people with disabilities. So on February 14, 1946, the journey began.

The first meeting minutes:

“On the evening of February 14, 1946, at the home of Mr. Pierce Cummings, and by his invitation, twenty-one people, parents of cerebral palsied children, met to consider forming a society to aid cerebral palsied children in the Philadelphia area.

Mr. Cummings presided.

The chairman stated the purposes of such a society and explained the need of it.

Mrs. Bowman reported on a meeting of a similar group in Baltimore, to show what that organization has accomplished.

Mrs. Jones reviewed the history of the public care of cerebral palsied children under the Philadelphia Schools System.

Mrs. Cummings reported on her visit to the Metropolitan Philadelphia Society for Cripple Children. They have expressed the desire to cooperate with the work of this group.

Those present agreed to form themselves into the Cerebral Palsy Aid Society of Philadelphia, and elected Mr. Cummings chairman.”

We look forward to bringing you current UCP of Philadelphia & Vicinity news and information and providing an INSIDE look into the heart and soul of UCP.


The Clients, Staff, and UCP Community

3 Responses to "Welcome"

  • John Jastrzembski
    December 1, 2013 - 1:13 am Reply

    My granddaughter has just been diagnosed with CP and I need to understand how I can help. Please help me help her and others

    • admin
      December 3, 2013 - 2:58 pm Reply

      Thank you for reaching out John. We welcome you to email us directly at info@ucpphila.org in addition to posting your question on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ucpphila. Our Facebook community might have some suggestions for you as well.

  • Pat Benvenuto
    January 3, 2014 - 12:54 pm Reply

    Excited to see the new UCP website. Looks wonderful! Still thinking about you!
    Pat B.

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