Mission

UCP’s mission is to advance the independence and full citizenship of individuals across a spectrum of disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy.

Timeline

2017 – The need for adaptive devices and assistive technology led to the establishment of the Assistive Technology Lending and Service Center. Housed in the Quaker Hill administrative office, the ATLAS center is a lending library, demonstration and evaluation site.  UCP became and official CT TECH ACT partner.  The 16th Annual Golf Tournament raised over $28,000 to support its programs.     

2016 – UCP began offering School Transition and Vocational Services. The 2nd Annual Dash, Stroll & Roll to the Beach 5K was held. 105 Runners, 35 Volunteers and 10 Sponsors came together help UCP raise $3,000 for the Disability Support Program and to kick off STEPtember 2016 with 13 teams, 8,324,5453 steps and $1,987 raised. UCP hosted the Mystery Masquerade Dinner at Langleys Restaurant in Waterford with more than 70 guests in attendance. The 15th Annual Ambassador Series Golf Tournament was a success at Great Neck Country Club with 90 Golfers and 32 Sponsors.  

2015 – UCP completed renovations to the Quaker Hill Day Program allowing expanded program space to welcome new individuals. The 1st Dash, Stroll & Roll to the Beach 5K was held at Camp Harkness in Waterford with 186 runners, 45 volunteers and 15 sponsors it raised $9,710. The 14th Annual Brian K. Morrison Golf Tournament was held at the Stonington Country Club. 94 golfers attended to help raise $30,000, this was followed by Steptember 2015 with 16 teams, 9,313,052 steps and $3,400 raised. UCP expanded its programs to include Employment Services and hired Jon Maderia as the Director, to help promote competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities. 

2014 – Jennifer Keatley was named Executive Director of UCP of Eastern Connecticut upon Margaret Morrison’s retirement. World CP Challenge changed its name to Steptember. UCP of Eastern CT doubled its revenue from the previous year. The 13th Annual Brian Morrison Golf Tournament was held. UCP was approved for funding for Individual Supported Employment (ISE) and Group Supported Employment (GSE). Individual Day Vocational (IDV) Program began. UCP Eastern CT website offers new and improved access.

2013 – First World CP Day is celebrated. UCP of Eastern Connecticut participated in CP Awareness Fundraiser Worldwide. The 12th Annual Brian Morrison Golf Tournament was held.

2012 – UCP of Eastern CT implemented the new Individual Day Non-Vocational (IDN) Program. We received Department of Developmental Services (DDS) approval to provide Health Care Coordination Services. We also streamlined New Employee Training and began marketing this service, at a reasonable fee, to other DDS providers.

2011 – We completed the expansion and renovations at Old Saybrook Community Experience Program. The 10th Annual Brian Morrison Golf Tournament was held along with the First Oldies Dance. Nursing Consultant Services to outside agencies expanded to include Behavioral Consults. Strategic Plan for 2011-2014 was completed.

2010 – UCP of Eastern CT expanded the After School (Extended Day Program); the Summer Program for children and renovations for the Old Saybrook Day Program. We ran a successful 9th Annual Golf Tournament. We also amended certificate of incorporation to address issues of Director and Officer Indemnification. Flexible Spending added to UCP employee benefits. UCP’s portfolio transitioned to UBS as financial advisor.  

2009 – We continued to expand the internet based documentation to include billing and health tracking. UCP National creates “My Child Without Limits” website. Review of agency wide Emergency Plan. We expanded the Nurse Consult Services to outside agencies. Participation in statewide committee helped establish a base fee for service rates.  

2008 – Department of Mental Retardation (DMR) changes its name to Department of Developmental Services (DDS) UCP’s RN Peggy Nelson receives DDS Nurse of the Year Award. Successful integration of the web based Therap documentation services and data input, companywide. Revised Strategic Plan for 2008-2011.

We’ve been pursuing our mission since 1947.