History


United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston is one of the foremost health organizations in the United States. Founded in 1950 by a group of concerned parents whose children had cerebral palsy, the Watertown-based agency joins over 105 affiliates within the United States, Canada and Australia that strive to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every facet of society. Sixty five percent of the people UCP serves locally have disabilities other than cerebral palsy such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain disorder and disabilities associated with aging.

For more than 60 years, UCP has been providing programs and services for people with disabilities and their families and continues to bring forth exceptional programs and services to over 1,000 consumers per year within the Metro-Boston area.

UCP has built partnerships with other community organizations, such as the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and Department of Mental Health to enhance the services offered. From housing to activities of daily living, computer technology and art classes, UCP helps people with disabilities live without limits. Its motto: “Life without limits for people with disabilities.”

Ranked by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the largest and most efficient health charities in the nation, United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston guarantees that it uses all donations wisely. It spends more money on programs than any other health charity in the U.S. It is also one of the nation’s most efficient charities, with a system-wide average of 85 percent of all revenues going to programs.

The future of United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston relies on its ability to be a constant force within the community making one miracle at a time happen for people with disabilities.
For information on the history of UCP at a national level please visit the link here.