A Legacy of Change for People with Developmental Disabilities
March 21, 1955:
UCP of Sacramento and Northern California is incorporated after being founded by a group of concerned parents.
UCP opened a day care center for children ages 3 to 5 and awarded five scholarships for speech and physical therapy. UCP also established a transportation system consisting of private drivers, taxis and parents paid 25 cents per day.
UCP held several fundraising events: bake sales, Christmas tree coin cards and a 53-Minute March to represent that at that time a child was born with CP every 53 minutes.
The Cerebral Palsy Guild was founded by 13 mothers and continued to support UCP until 1995. The guild helped UCP open its first development center, a model for UCP’s currentAdult Day Program. The guild also created cookbooks that included recipes from celebrities such as Bing Crosby, Julie and David Eisenhower, and Nancy Reagan.
UCP held its first telethon at Memorial Auditorium, raising $40,000.
UCP experienced tremendous growth, extending services to El Dorado and Placer counties and beginning its CLASP Independent Living Program.
What began as a small group of concerned Sacramento parents in 1955 has grown to a nonprofit serving more than 5,730 individuals each month through multiple programs and services that encourage people with developmental disabilities to live life without limits.
Though initially founded as a support group for parents of children with cerebral palsy, UCP of Sacramento and Northern California now serves all people with disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, intellectual disabilities, learning disorders and sensory impairments. We provide service in eight counties: Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Shasta, Sutter, and Yolo.
UCP is now the area’s leading provider of evidence-based practices that enable children and adults living with disabilities as well as their families to strengthen their abilities to live a life with increased independence, productivity and self-confidence. With more than 85 percent of our clients considered low- or middle-income, our services are pivotal to improving their quality of life, alleviating barriers to independence and helping individuals of all ages reach their full potential.