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United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida, Inc. a.k.a. UCP of Central Florida

AKA  UCP of Central Florida
Orlando, FL
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United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida, Inc. a.k.a. UCP of Central Florida
Also Known As: UCP of Central Florida
Physical Address: Orlando, FL 32804 7156
EIN: 59-0799925
Web URL: www.ucpcfl.org 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P82 Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
B Educational Institutions
B90 Educational Services and Schools - Other
B Educational Institutions
B90 Educational Services and Schools - Other
Ruling Year: 1957 


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Mission Statement

We (UCP of Central Florida) are the experts for children with special needs. By providing the best support, education and therapy, we offer hope to everyone touched by a disability. Our Set of ServicesS- Support: Advocacy, Case management, Before/after school, Summer camp, Training, Family Support and Counseling for children and young adults and their families E- Education: Infant, toddler and preschool; Pre-K - fourth grade charter school; middle/high school charter school; inclusion program for children without disabilities; summer camps T- Therapy: Physical, speech and occupational therapy for children birth to age 21 during school and on an outpatient basis VisionUCP of Central Florida is a place where barriers are broken and miracles happen. We are creating a community where everyone touched by a disability can excel, without limitations. EssenceThe hearts and hands of UCP calm our fears. Embraced by hope, we are filled with the power of possibility, the joy of achievement, and the wonder of miracles.

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Dr. Ilene E. Wilkins

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Since July 1995

Profile:

Dr. Wilkins has been with UCP of Central Florida since 1995. During her time with UCP her positions have progressed from Center Director to Vice President of Program Operations to President and CEO. Since Dr. Wilkins has been with UCP the agency has increased from one center serving 129 children to six centers serving over 2,400 children and 400 adults with disabilities. The agency's annual budget has increased from $500,000 to over $13 million, and staff has increased from approximately 36 to 276. Dr. Wilkins has the vision, knowledge and experience to increase the agency's sustainability by developing a diversified funding base and ensuring that the staff are truly the experts in the field. Dr. Wilkins holds a master's degree in Public Administration, a BA in Psychology, and was a member of the National Urban Special Education Leadership Initiative doctoral cohort at the University of Central Florida, earning her doctorate in Special Education Leadership in 2010. Additionally, Dr. Wilkins has chaired the Orange County Early Learning Coalition Quality Assurance Committee and served as member of the Board and Executive Committee. In October 2010 the Women's Executive Council recognized Dr. Wilkins as the Central Florida Woman of the Year. Currently she is a member of the CP International Research Foundation board and a Governor appointee to the Florida Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers. Before coming to UCP, Dr. Wilkins was the Executive Director/President of the Massachusetts Association for Professional Foster Care, where she positioned and provided strategic direction to ensure that the agency became the premier resource for foster care services and advocacy in the State of Massachusetts.

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At UCP of Central Florida, we are the experts for children with special needs. By providing the best support, education and therapy, we offer hope to everyone touched by a disability. This is our mission and our passion. For over 56 years, we have used the words ""hope"" and ""miracles"" combined with a large dose of ""love"" to describe what we give, and in turn, receive in abundance from our children and families. Over the decades, we've watched thousands of children take their first steps; even after doctors said they would never walk. We've heard children say their first words; even though their parents were given no hope their children would ever speak. Through these years, we never lost sight of our commitment to provide a better life for children touched by a disability. In our community, if a family has a child with a disability, there are limited options. Most services are fragmented requiring an already stressed family to visit multiple providers to get all the services they need and most do not optimize the synergy of working together. At UCP, we provide a unique and exceptional environment where children with special needs and their families can benefit from our holistic and one-stop shopping approach that includes support, education and therapy services. Our team of social workers, teachers, and therapists work together to meet each child's individual needs and to provide on-going support to the family. Our commitment to meeting the increasing needs of children with all types of disabilities and developmental delays is exemplified by our tremendous growth. In the last 12 years we have grown from one center serving 129 children to seven campuses located in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties serving more than 3000 children, teens and young adults each year. Over the last decade, we have also opened our doors to children without disabilities creating a learning environment where differences are embraced and every child has a unique opportunity to reach their full potential.

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Programs

Program: UCP Early Childhood Educational Programs (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$5,525,569
Category:
Education, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program Description:

UCP early childhood educational programs serve children with and without disabilities from birth to 5th grade. Instruction is individualized for each child and daily routines encourage play, exploration, socialization and hands-on learning. Lesson plans reflect the need for reading readiness, gross and fine motor activities, creative expression, language activities and sensory experiences. The UCP K-5th grade charter school is a tuition-free public school, offering exceptional educational opportunities. Children without disabilities benefit from the school readiness program, highly qualified teachers, integration of technology and the arts, and increased sensitivity towards children with special needs. As young children learn much through observation, children with disabilities benefit from their typical classmates acting as role models. Families benefit from all children in the home being able to attend the same school.

Program Long-Term Success:

At UCP our goal is that each child will reach his or her full potential. Children receive annual evaluations and we expect that at least 75% of the children we serve will reach at least 75% of their individual education goals.

Program Short-Term Success:

In UCP's early intervention education program the children's progress is tracked on a weekly basis. This allows for the team of teachers, therapist and parents to work on specific areas of each child's development. Classroom attendance is critical for success; and we expect each child to have a 75% attendance rate.

Program Success Monitored by:

UCP utilizes the following tools to measure a child's educational progress:Family Support Plan or Individualized Education Plan listing child's goalsHawaii Early Learning Profile a sequencing tool that utilizes a developmental checklist to gauge the child's improvementWeekly Attendance recordsFlorida state reading readiness criteria

Program Success Examples:

Special education classroom costs, per child, are between $20,000 and $60,000 versus $5,641 for typical children. Annually, over 80% of our children reach their education goals and over 60% of the boys and girls who graduate from our preschool enroll into regular kindergarten classrooms instead of costly special needs classrooms. For every dollar spent on early intervention for children with special needs, taxpayers save $17 in future costs.

Program: UCP Therapy Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$2,486,001
Category:
Population Served:

Program Description:

UCP's therapy program provides physical, occupational and speech therapy for children birth to 21. Therapy is offered in school or an an out-patient basis. Through our team approach, teachers reinforce therapeutic goals and therapists reinforce educational goals. Staff work with parents to ensure that there is carry-over in the home, and parents keep staff informed of success and challenges occurring on the home front. - Physical therapists (PT) work on children's gross motor development to encourage development of bones and muscles needed for walking, posture and balance. - Occupational therapists (OT) help children develop fine motor skills needed to eat, write and dress. - Speech therapists (SLP) concentrate on communication and language skills as well as oral motor skills (sucking, chewing and swallowing). - Music therapy addresses cognitive and social functioning and strengthens hearing and speech, eye-hand coordination, and communication skills.

Program Long-Term Success:

At UCP our goal is for each child to reach his or her full potential. Each child has a plan of care and is evaluated every six months. We expect that at least 75% of the children we serve will reach at least 75% of their individual therapy goals.

Program Short-Term Success:

In UCP's therapy program the children's progress is documented after each therapy session. This allows for the team of therapist, parents and teachers (if child is also in our early intervention education program) to work on specific areas of need. Consistent attendance is critical for improvement and we expect each child to have a 75% attendance rate.

Program Success Monitored by:

For each type of therapy a child receives an evaluation is completed every six months. A Plan of Care is developed and is sent to the child's primary physician for approval. This physician approved plan is required by both Medicaid and Insurance companies and must be in place before therapies can be given. The type of tools used to determine progress varies depending on the child's condition and type of therapy received.

Program Success Examples:

Annually, over 80% of the children receiving therapy reach at least 75% of their therapy goals. This is an incredible number; however the true success is when a child whose parents were given no hope that their child would ever walk or talk takes those first steps, or begins to speak. These are the types of miracles we see at UCP every day.

Program: UCP Family Resource & Support and Supportive Counseling Programs (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$474,779
Category:
Human Services, General/Other
Population Served:

Program Description:

When needed, UCP provides one-on-one or group support from a licensed mental health counselor and a licensed clinical social worker, helping families discuss their concerns in a solution-focused manner that leads them to recognize options they may not have previously identified. From the time the need for early intervention is identified, UCP of Central Florida's bilingual staff Family Service Case Managers offer guidance and support to parents and other family members. This partnership lasts as long as services are provided to their child and includes individual counseling, educational sessions, resource materials, parent support groups, advocacy at Family Support Plan or Individual Education Plan meetings, and transition services to the public school system.

Program Long-Term Success:

The goal of UCP's Family Resource and Support program is to ensure that family members receive information and training so they can support their child and provide for themselves as caregivers. Of the families served, 75% will express improvement in these areas. The goal of UCP's Supportive Counseling program is to help families who have children with special needs gain coping skills and improve parenting skills. Of the families served, 50% will demonstrate abilities in these areas.

Program Short-Term Success:

Family Resource and SupportWithin a twelve month period, 75% of families served will indicate: 1) They have gained knowledge to better manage their child's needs2) Reduced family stress levels Supportive Counseling:Within a twelve month period, 50% of clients served will report:1) Increased number of positive family activities2) increased ability to cope with their child's special needs and the impact of special needs on the family

Program Success Monitored by:

Family Resource and Support - on an annual basis families complete a survey in which they self report progress towards these goals. Supportive Counseling - clients complete surveys and self reports during counseling sessions. Depending upon the clients needs, pre and post surveys and published assessments may be used during counseling sessions.

Program Success Examples:

UCP's family support programs are all about helping the family survive. As expressed by one of our parents. "UCP ""changed my life and gave me life. I felt as though I was drowning and now I can breathe."" I thought Willie would never give me a kiss or say I love you. Now, he can't stop talking or giving affection. I tell everyone to ""Take your child to UCP. The environment is such a good one, such a family environment."" Family Resources and Support - Over a four year period, 88% of families have reported improved family stress levels and 95% have reported increased knowledge to better manage their child's special needs. Supportive Counseling - Over a five year period, 88% of clients have reported increased number of positive family activities and 89% have reported improved ability to cope with their child's special needs.

Program: UCP's Before & After Care, Summer Care and Enrichment Activities (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$1,593,617
Category:
Education, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

Children need care year-round. In addition to offering camp programs during the school holiday breaks and summer; we offer Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten for children with and without disabilities. Our services include before and after-school care and summer programs, which are difficult for families of children with disabilities to find, making it possible for family members to maintain employment. In addition to year-round care, we offer enrichment activities such as tumbling, music therapy, and for older kids - a summer drama program at the Orlando Shakespeare Center.

Program Long-Term Success:

Out-of-School Time Care and Music Therapy: The goal is for each child to reach his or her full potential and the expected outcome is for 75% of the children to maintain or achieve at least 75% of their education and therapy goals. Enrichment Activities: Our goal is for children with and without special needs to:- Gain, social and functional recreation and leisure skills - Build self-confidence and self-esteem - Provide natural opportunities for interactions and friendships between children with and without disabilities

Program Short-Term Success:

Out-of-School Time Care and Music Therapy: 76% of UCP's clients either achieved or maintained at least 75% of their therapy goals. Enrichment Activities: UCP provides an annual drama camp in which 95% of the participants self report on improvements in self confidence in meeting new people and in working with peers in a group. 100% of the participants rated the program as excellent and would attend again. The recreation center works to improve client behavior and interactions and through the use of positive reinforcement and rewarding acceptable behavior, clients have made improvements.

Program Success Monitored by:

Out-of-School Time Care and Music Therapy: Student assessments and weekly reporting on progress towards goals Enrichment Activities: Self reporting in pre and post surveys of drama participants and observation of recreation center participants.

Program Success Examples:

Gina's incredible story illustrates how enrichment activities can change a life. Gina has an autism spectrum disorder and when she was two-years-old, she was unable talk. Public places often frightened her and she showed no interest in playing with other children. She had odd behaviors such as scratching the floors and walls and stacking her toys instead of playing with them. She had no imaginary play skills. When she went to a playground, she showed no interest in other children. She would simply pick up sticks and rocks. Her parents enrolled Gina at UCP where she received early intervention education, speech language therapy and occupational therapy. However, Gina found her voice in UCP's Music Therapy program. Today, Gina attends a regular first grade classroom. She often is seen playing and joking around with her friends at school. But her favorite thing to do is share her story through music. Gina has sung on NBC's Today Show, in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Shea Stadium, Minute Maid Park and Amway Arena as well as many local venues.

Program: UCP Middle and High School Charter School (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Education, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

At the UCP Transitional Learning Academy middle and high school students with disabilities attend a tuition-free charter school that focuses on their individual instructional and theraputic needs. Guided by a staff of highly-qualified teachers and assistants, students work together with their peers towards graduation with a special diploma.

Program Long-Term Success:

Program Short-Term Success:

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UCP of Central Florida provides special needs' services vital to the Central Florida Community. WHAT OUR COMMUNITY IS FACING:-14% of the children in Central Florida have a disability or developmental delay. -Early intervention education services are limited for families who have children with special needs. When available, most services require families to visit multiple providers. -Special education classroom costs, per child, are between $20,000 and $60,000 annually versus $5,641 for a child in a regular classroom. WHY UCP IS SO IMPORTANT: It's proven that when a child with special needs receives early intervention services, especially before age five, they have a greater potential to reduce or eliminate the effects of their disability or delay. At UCP of Central Florida, we've been the experts for children with special needs for more than 56 years. Our return on investment is measured by what the children's lives look like ""before"" UCP and the quality of their lives ""after"" attending classes and therapy at our campuses. Our effectiveness is calculated by the steps taken by a little boy who wasn't expected to walk and by the number of words spoken by a three-year-old girl who couldn't speak before coming to us. About 75% of families served do not make a living wage. Annually, over 80% of our students reach their education and therapy goals. Between 55% and 65% of the boys and girls who graduate from our charter preschool enroll into regular kindergarten or first grade classrooms instead of costly special education classrooms. This results in a cost savings for the entire community. How? Because for every dollar spent on quality early intervention services for children with special needs, taxpayers save $17 in future costs. UCP's early intervention education services have a far-reaching effect on each child's ability to enter school prepared to succeed and directly shapes their progress for the rest of their lives.
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