About UCP


At UCP, we take pride in where we’ve been and where we are going. We realize our name doesn’t describe what we do. But what do you call an organization that’s sole reason for existing is to build confidence, lend a helping hand to someone in need, and strive to make a challenge an opportunity?  


For the families we help, and the lives that we change for the better, that’s exactly what we call UCP.


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.

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