First Annual World CP Day

World CP Challenge to raise awareness, support for people living with CP

(September 4, 2012) – UCP of Tampa Bay celebrates the first annual World Cerebral Palsy Day today with the launch of the World Cerebral Palsy Challenge, an international awareness and fundraising campaign designed to provide critical funds in support of people living with cerebral palsy.

World CP Day marks the beginning of a month dedicated to making the world better for individuals with cerebral palsy. Through the “Change my World in 1 Minute” campaign, individuals are encouraged to submit videos, texts or audio files of approximately one minute with ideas about how to change the lives of people with cerebral palsy through improved mobility, independence, accessibility, communication or social connection. For the entire month of September, any one can log on and vote at: for the ideas they think would make a real difference in people’s lives. An international World Cerebral Palsy Day panel will review the most popular submissions and award grants to researchers, innovators and inventors to turn selected ideas into reality.

“We are very excited to be celebrating the first World Cerebral Palsy Day, a day which will help raise awareness and support for people living with CP, as well as make a real difference in their lives. Through the “Change My World in 1 Minute” campaign, innovative ideas and products will be realized and used to improve the lives of millions of people around the world,” said Stephen Bennett, President & CEO of UCP.

Close to 50 nations across the globe are planning awareness activities for the day, a remarkable number for this inaugural years. For a complete list of international organizations participating in the day, go to

April is National Autism Awareness Month

In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

Join the Autism Society in getting involved with the autism community this April.

Put on the Puzzle! The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Autism prevalence is now one in every 88 children in America. Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture – and educate folks on the potential of people with autism! To learn more about the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon visit To purchase the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon for your shirt, car, locker or refrigerator, click here.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

If you or a friend, co-worker, loved one or client has a developmental disability, this month is for you!


What You Can Do

Spread the word to your friends and family!

Developmental disability is a natural part of the human experience and affects about 45 million Americans and their families.

All people with developmental disabilities can be productive, contributing members of their communities!

Many people with developmental disabilities rely on publicly funded services and supports in order to fully participate in community life.

During times of economic decline, essential services and supports for people with developmental disabilities are often threatened.

The power of people with disabilities is strongest when their voices are united with each other and their friends, families and other allies.

Policy makers can only make good public policy when they hear from the people directly affected by their decisions!

Siblings Support Group Comes Back to UCP!



Please join us for our Sibs Connect event on the 4th Saturday of each month.


Sibs Connect is an activity group for children ages 5-12 years who have a sibling with disabilities.

Sibs Connect will provide fun activities, support & information for siblings.

Sibs Connect will be led by Kaitlin Congo and the University of Tampa Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Kaitlin has a 25 year old sibling with cerebral palsy. Kaitlin grew up attending a sibling support group and wants to share her experience and knowledge with young siblings who are experiencing the good and not so good of having a sibling with a disability.

Registration is limited to 15 siblings.

For more information, please email Patti Hansen or call (813) 239-1179 ext: 4129

UCP’s Therapy Services Expand to the New Tampa Area

COMING SOON – UCP of Tampa Bay will be offering Therapy Services in New Tampa

UCP of Tampa Bay is thrilled to announce the newly formed partnership with St. James United Methodist Church. The church is located in the New Tampa area at 16202 Bruce B. Downs Blvd,  Services will be provided by UCP’s highly trained pediatric therapists, at a location conveient to the families of the New Tampa area.

The relationship between UCP of Tampa Bay and St. James is especially exciting because of what St. James has already been providing to the special needs community in their area.  Special Connections is the special needs program of St. James. The program is focused on enriching the spiritual, social and emotional needs of children and adults with disabilities and their families. UCP hopes to bring another service to the existing families of St. James as well as the surrounding community.

Please check back for more information about this exciting opportunity.  Look for these much needed services will begin Tuesday April 3, 2012.

Therapy services will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 – 5 p.m.

For more information, please email Laura White or call (813) 239 – 1179 ext: 4148 orPatti Hansen (813) 239-1179 ext. 4129.

UCP of Tampa Bay awarded another three year CARF accreditation

UCP of Tampa Bay awarded another three year CARF accreditation.

January 10, 2012

Consumers like you have choices in directing your services. Carefully researching and selecting your options are essential steps to finding the services you need and achieving the results you desire.

This accreditation demonstrates UCP of Tampa Bay’s commitment to continuousl improvement of service quality and their focus on the satisfaction of the persons served.

CARF International is an independent, accrediting body of health and human services. Examples of the types of services are rehabilitation for a disability, treatment for addiction and substance abuse, home and community services, and retirement living. UCP of Tampa Bay has applied CARF’s comprehensive set of standards for quality to their business and service delivery practices. This means that they have demonstrated conformance to proven standards for business practices and are committed to continuous quality improvement. Each provider’s commitment to excellence is periodically evaluated on site and reconfirmed annually.

CARF International accreditation provides a visible symbol that assures the public of UCP’s commitment to continually enhance the quality of services and programs with a focus on the satisfaction of the persons served.

Service providers earning CARF accreditation are recognized for their ongoing innovation and continued conformance to the standards.