History of UCP of Sacramento & Northern California

February 24, 2018

UCP was started in Sacramento in 1955 by parents who had a child born with a brain injury – cerebral palsy. At that time, the assumption was that they would put their child into state institutional care. These parents wanted a different life for their children. Those parents did not want their children in institutional care – forgotten by society. They wanted their children home and in community.

This dream led to the establishment of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Sacramento Area, Inc. The agency began in March 1955 as a small group of parents. Those parents obtained a $500 loan from the State UCP office and began making their dream for their children come true in Sacramento. Read more


It’s Not the End of the World for My Child

January 29, 2018

Ashely (32) and Barrett (4)

When asked, “What was it like for Ashley (32) and Allen (34), at the time of their 2 year old son, Barrett’s diagnosis”, so many things come to mind for them. 

Before his diagnosis, they had never heard of autism or what it was but they remember very vividly being told by their pediatrician, your son will never be like “normal” children or adults. 

Ashley remembers, “Barrett was diagnosed with severe autism the day before Thanksgiving in 2015. “It was a day of sorrow and disbelief that changed our lives forever.  Read more


Noni’s Perfect Plan

January 11, 2018

Andrew (9 years), Nicholas (10 years), and Noni

When Andrew was 2 years old, Noni noticed a change in his speech development compared to her first child’s behaviors.  He stopped making the sounds and babbles (saying ba-ba-ba or ma-ma-ma) to begin making words.

Andrew’s pediatrician sent them to a specialist who diagnosed him to be on the autism spectrum disorder.  Diagnosed at age 3, she remembers feeling very confused, quite scared, nervous and concerned for her son. Noni enrolled Andrew in Jabber Gym which provided speech therapy and occupational therapy for Andrew. 

Noni was paying for speech therapy and occupational therapy services. No one had mentioned to her that these services would be covered by the Alta California Regional Center. The services were becoming a financial burden when her Alta California Regional Coordinator called her.   The first step the Alta Regional Coordinator did was arrange a home visit. A report was completed and Alta Regional began paying for Andrew’s sessions at Jabber Gym.  Read more


I Felt Excluded!

December 12, 2017

Lisa Cooley, 49 years old

At the age of 2 years, Lisa was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when her parents noticed she was not as flexible as other children.

Lisa did not realize she had cerebral palsy until later.  “I was 10 or 11 years old and I was left out of the school’s square dancing event. I did not understand why I was being excluded. Up to that point I was just me who needed to use a walker.  Even today, as an adult I still ask myself why am I being left out and excluded,” wondered Lisa.

As a child, Lisa used a walker to get around, but needed to use a wheelchair as a teen. Her teenage years were the most difficult because she couldn’t attend events. Lisa felt left out because venues weren’t wheelchair accessible. She wanted to attend a concert at the Memorial Auditorium (Today, it is fully ADA compliant), but it wasn’t wheelchair accessible at the time. Lisa didn’t feel that this was fair or right.   Read more


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