United Cerebral Palsy Association of Orange County, Inc.

Life without limits for children with disabilities.

aka UCP of Orange County   |   Santa Ana, CA   |  www.ucpoc.org


The mission of UCP of Orange County is to help children with disabilities reach their full potential and improve the quality of life for their families.

Ruling year info


President and CEO

Dr. Ramin Baschshi M.D.

Main address

1251 E. Dyer Road Suite 150

Santa Ana, CA 92705 USA

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NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Specifically Named Diseases (G80)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children with disabilities are often marginalized by society and face tremendous obstacles to achieving academic success, inclusion, and health services. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, these children have confronted even more access barriers, and many have had their childcare or clinical appointments delayed, or cancelled altogether. UCP-OC has been on the front lines of this surge in need for services. Given the vulnerability of children with disabilities and the increasing demand for programs that address their situations, the need for facilities like UCP-OC is tremendous.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Clinical Services

UCP-OC’s innovative clinical facility offers early intervention and three disciplines of pediatric therapy under one roof, ensuring that no child, disability, or age group is left behind. During early intervention, our child development specialists identify and treat delays in cognitive, social, or motor skills among infants ages 0-3. Similarly, UCP-OC’s pediatric therapists provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy children and youth ages 3-22. These services improve children’s fine motor, gross motor, and speech skills. All of UCP-OC’s clinical staff have obtained the appropriate academic qualifications and licensure needed to deliver services and are highly qualified in their ability to provide an enriching, supportive, and caring environment for children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Having a child with disabilities profoundly affects the entire family — not just the child. Because of this, UCP-OC offers a broad range of supportive services to parents and siblings.
• Recreation — While this program is currently on hold due to COVID-19, UCP-OC offers seasonal recreational activities in the evenings and on weekends for children, teens, and young adults. We collaborate with local organizations and community individuals to provide unique recreational opportunities, like dance classes and sailing lessons, to the children we serve. We look forward to hosting recreation events as soon as they are safe for children and families to enjoy.
• Inclusive Childcare — We provide a safety net for working parents and an opportunity for children with special needs to be included in a typical after-school care setting. Skilled one-on-one aides work collaboratively with center staff to properly assess, evaluate, and include children with special needs in activities alongside their developmentally typical peers. This program focuses on children who are not able to attend pre-school, childcare, or after-school programs without additional support.
• Respite Care — This program is designed to provide a well-deserved break to the parents of children with special needs. UCP-OC assigns trained caregivers to supervise children in the home setting, giving parents time to take care of themselves, focus on their spouse and other children, and come back revitalized to care for their child.
• Family Support— UCP-OC believes that a true form of long-lasting support engages the child’s family members. To that end, we provide ongoing educational workshops and support groups for families. Some of our past adult education workshops include “Budgeting During The Pandemic,” “10 Legal Protections for Children with Special Needs,” and “Dental Hygiene,” among others.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of early intervention and pediatric therapy sessions provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, Children and youth

Related Program

Clinical Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to advance the ability of children with disabilities to build the skills needed to live healthy, self-actualized, and fulfilling lives.

Since our inception, UCP-OC has closed gaps preventing children from accessing life-changing services. We are one of the few therapy facilities in Orange County that still treats low-income, under-insured children. Our community-based services, encompassing childcare, recreation, and family services, have been a pillar of support for children and families in Orange County for the past 68 years.

UCP-OC helps children with disabilities make physical and cognitive gains; access affirming recreational programs; receive high-quality childcare; and achieve the functional skills needed to become independent participants in their community — in places like school, at home, or out in public. We are committed to improving the quality of life for children and helping them achieve their full potential. Our programs also provide critical support to families who often experience significant hardships due to their child’s disability.

For the past 68 years, UCP-OC has worked to provide life-changing care to people with disabilities in Orange County. As one of the community’s longstanding service providers, we have seen the demand for services that impact children with disabilities grow year after year, and we have made changes in order to keep up with Orange County’s evolving needs.

While UCP-OC was founded to serve people with cerebral palsy, we have adjusted to meet Orange County’s specific needs by focusing on treating children, their families, and a wider range of disabilities. Today, UCP-OC serves children and adults ages 0-22 with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, speech and language disorders, brain trauma, epilepsy and seizures, and other developmental delays.

In 2007, UCP-OC recognized that in order to best serve our population, we had to address a growing, regionwide need for pediatric therapy services for children with disabilities. Thus, the “Life Without Limits” Pediatric Therapy Center was born. Incorporating therapy into our service model makes UCP-OC the only service provider in the county able to coordinate pediatric therapy, childcare, and family support programming simultaneously.

This comprehensive service model wraps the entire family in high-quality care. For example, a family can schedule a trained UCP-OC respite worker to visit their home and watch their child while they attend a UCP-OC educational workshop or go to work. Later, they can bring their child to our Pediatric Therapy Center to receive pediatric therapy before dropping them off at an after-school program under the supervision of a UCP-OC childcare worker. Incredibly, all of this can take place within a single day.

While each of UCP-OC’s core programs can stand alone, we encourage families to utilize multiple modes of care. This allows UCP-OC to streamline the family’s service experience, ensuring that they receive targeted care from a service provider that knows them and their child’s diagnosis the best.

In fiscal year 2020-2021, UCP-OC served 1,111 children with disabilities and their families in Orange County. In our Pediatric Therapy Program, 93 percent of our patients met three or more developmental goals, while 85 percent demonstrated a greater level of independence in their daily living skills. These skills include homework completion, self-care, feeding, and toileting. We are also pleased to report that 89 percent of parents stated they felt better prepared to care for their child, thanks to UCP-OC. Altogether, UCP-OC has provided nearly 500,000 hours of childcare, pediatric therapy, and family support programming over the past three years.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,


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United Cerebral Palsy Association of Orange County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bradley Barlow

FPH Capital Partners

Term: 2016 - 2022

Edward Mora

Bank of the West

Jeannette Wistner


Jeremy Zoch

St. Joseph Hospital of Orange

Darren Thomas

Irvine Company

Cesar Villaveces


Ryan Quinn

WCM Investment Management

Tyler Mounce

Stark High Intensity

Alex Madonna


Christopher Bull

McDermott & Bull Executive Search

Anthony Lee

Westcliff University

Jana Vondran

Ingram Micro

Stuart Blair

Canterbury Consulting

Tyler Robuck

EP Wealth Advisors

Billy Spears


Ramin Baschshi

UCP of Orange County

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/07/2019

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.