History

United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida in Sarasota and Manatee counties (formerly UCP of Sarasota-Manatee) was incorporated in October of 1977 to meet the needs of exceptional adults in the community with developmental disabilities. Just as the general population of Sarasota and Manatee counties has increased dramatically since that time, so has the population of adults with disabilities.  In June of 2011, UCP of Sarasota-Manatee changed its name to United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida to provide more “brand name” recognition to our other service areas outside of Sarasota and Manatee counties, but we continue to provide localized services in Sarasota and Manatee Counties with a local director and supporting staff.

UCP in Sarasota and Manatee counties is constantly working to identify the needs of the large and diverse section of our population as we continue to expand both the number of consumers served and the variety of programs we offer so that each person may experience a fuller life with greater autonomy and less dependence and assistance on their families or the community. UCP is a leader in advocating the full independence, productivity, and citizenship of individuals with disabilities. Our goal is to carry on the UCP tradition and commitment to educate through public awareness, fund-raising efforts, dissemination of information, and acquisition of resources.