UCP is proud of its connection to four international organizations who serve as global leaders in serving people with disabilities. Our international affiliates strengthen the entire UCP network. We encourage you to explore their programs and activities.
UCP President and CEO Stephen Bennett and UCP Board of Trustees Chair Bruce Merlin Fried participate in a forum of worldwide leaders of organizations that serve people with developmental and physical disabilities. This group, which gathered in Amsterdam in November 2010, agreed to work together to promote development of services and raise awareness of the issues concerning the people they serve. This informal gathering of leaders, called the Amsterdam Group articulated shared values:
As the group continues to convene a couple of times a year to share resources, perspectives and to work on common projects, UCP will stay involved and invest its expertise to improving lives of people with disabilities all over the globe.
UCP Wheels for Humanity
Sponsored by UCP of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, Wheels for Humanity refurbishes donated wheelchairs and hand fits them to children and adults with disabilities in developing nations.
Autism Society of Pakistan
UCP of Maine, together with concerned parents and leaders in Pakistan, has helped establish the Autism Society of Pakistan (ASP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate, research, raise funds, and create awareness about the prevalence of autism in the country. ASP has relied on UCP of Maine to bring their knowledge, skills and expertise to Pakistan, and they have already established the first school for children with autism and the first Autism Resource Center in Rawalpindi.