United Cerebral Palsy is here to help individuals and families connect to the resources and the services they need and deserve! Our Resource Guide is just the right navigation tool to help you find the answers to the many questions you may have about disabilities and services available in your community. Just follow the links for more in-depth information on a variety of topics.
Need help finding services in your community?
At UCP we know it’s not always easy to find information about the disability services available in your community and state, so we’ve put together a list of organizations that can help guide you.
Your UCP Local Affiliate
Your UCP Local Affiliate is the expert in providing services that are designed to meet the specific needs of the disability community. Not every UCP offers the same programs, however, services available often include therapy, early education, early intervention services, social and recreational programs, housing, community living, home-based community services, employment assistance, state and local referral, transportation, advocacy and more.
2-1-1 Information and Referral Call Centers
2-1-1 is available throughout the U.S. and in many parts of Canada by phone, text, and web. A toll-free call to 2-1-1 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can help you find services and resources that are available to you locally and provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives.
State Departments of Disability Services
Find the intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) agency address and phone number in your state.
State Councils on Developmental Disabilities
State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (Councils) are federally funded, self-governing organizations charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with developmental disabilities in their state or territory. Councils are committed to advancing public policy and systems change that help these individuals gain more control over their lives
Centers for Independent Living
Centers for Independent Living are private, non-profit organizations designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provide an array of independent living services.
Find Financial Assistance
Fortunately, when people with disabilities and their families face financial difficulties there are programs that can help you. Learn more from the links below.
UCP Bellows Fund
The UCP Elsie S. Bellows Fund is a national program that provides funds to individuals with disabilities for the purchase of assistive technology equipment. You can apply through your UCP Local Affiliate. Each application is forwarded to the national UCP office for review and approval for funding by the Bellows Funds Committee.
Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administrations provides benefits for people with disabilities under two programs: The Social Security Disability Insurance Program and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program. Learn more about these programs including eligibility, how to apply, the process for appealing a denied claim and more.
Possibilities: A Financial Resource for Parents of Children with Disabilities
This publication is created for parents of children with disabilities under the age of 18. It is a simple, straightforward resource to help you manage your money, and plan for you and your child’s financial future and overall well-being. The fiscal management techniques presented here can help you, not just in a time of crisis, but for the rest of your life.
Centers for Medicaid and Medicare
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare provide a complete overview of services provided under these federally funded health insurance program.
Medicaid Waiver Programs
Medicaid Waiver Programs vary state to state and may include medical services such as dental and skilled nursing as well as, non- medical services such as respite, case management and more.
Benefits.Gov is an on-line portal providing easy access to information regarding government benefits and assistance programs.
United Healthcare Children’s Foundation
The United Healthcare Foundation provides grants to improve children’s lives and help families gain access to the care they need through medical grants.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance Programs
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance® may help patients who are uninsured or underinsured access the medicines they need through the program that is right for them – free of charge. Many patients will get their medications for free or nearly free.
NeedyMeds is a national non-profit organization that maintains a website of free information on programs that help people who can’t afford medications and healthcare costs.
Variety: The Children’s Foundation
Variety Kids provides walkers, wheelchairs, specially-designed adaptive bikes, strollers and more for children with disabilities.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
What Is CP?
Facts and useful information about cerebral palsy in a downloadable handout.
Laws and Advocacy
ADA National Network
The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels.
Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities Network
Every state has a federally mandated protection and advocacy agency to safeguard and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. These agencies provide information and referral, investigate complaints of rights violations, and work to resolve complaints through mediation, dispute resolution, and litigation.
American Bar Association Commission on Mental and Physical Disability
The commission is dedicated to addressing disability issues related to public policy, disability law, and the professional needs of lawyers and law students with disabilities.
An online magazine for parents of children and young adults with disabilities, includes news forum, links, and online bookstore.
An online magazine for users of wheelchairs, includes calendar of events and news forums.
The official journal of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) and the British Pediatric Neurology Association (BPNA). DMCN aims to enhance the care of children by worldwide dissemination of clinical research into the wide range of neurological conditions and disabilities that affect children to researchers, health professionals concerned with developmental disability and child neurology, and others involved in the care of children and young people.