United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee (UCP) was incorporated in 1985 by concerned parents of children with disabilities, adults with disabilities, and volunteers. Our guiding vision is to achieve a fully inclusive community, where people with disabilities have access and opportunity to achieve their fullest potential; a community where they and their families realize the promise of integration, self-direction, and quality of life choices. UCP serves persons of all ages with all forms of disabilities, with focus on disabilities that primarily affect mobility and developmental progress.
In recent years, UCP has dedicated our resources to the state’s under-served populations, i.e., persons with significant disabilities who are not served by the state’s system of developmental disability services, and persons who do not qualify for substantial governmental supports. These include children and adults with developmental disabilities who are disqualified from the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Services because of diagnosis or who are on the extensive waiting lists for services in Tennessee's Medicaid Waiver Programs. The agency also serves a large population of individuals who have acquired disabilities as a result of conditions related to aging.
Each year, UCP provides between $500,000 and $600,000 worth of durable medical equipment to persons with severe disabilities who could not otherwise acquire this equipment.
Our Rutherford County Family Support Program serves over 230 individuals annually, with focus on families with children who have developmental disabilities and limited supports
UCP, our volunteers and partner programs across the state have constructed over 2500 wheelchair ramps on to the homes of low income individuals with severe disabilities
The All Together Kids program annually provides integrated experiences in summer programs across Middle Tennessee for approximately 25 children with disabilities
Our sports and recreation programs serve approximately 50 children and young adults annually
When all other potential sources of funds are exhausted, and families are facing crisis, UCP provides financial assistance through special needs funding. These funds are difficult to acquire, so services are limited to the most critical cases. However, even a small amount of money, applied at the right time to address a critical need, can made a big difference.
UCP was recognized by the Tennessee State Legislature for our advocacy efforts which resulted in the creation of the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
UCP does not represent that our programs meet all of the needs of the populations we serve; their needs are immense. UCP will continue to advocate for sound public programs that provide equity in services to all disability populations. Until that time, our primary goals are:
to continue to provide low-cost targeted services to relieve extraordinary needs
to address waiting list needs in our key programs of service
to expand our volunteer outreach, training and services,
to develop non-restricted funds to meet ongoing operational needs
UCP is one of a few organizations in our community that serves people with non-intellectual developmental and acquired physical disabilities. Because of the immense needs and the lack of government funds for agencies serving these populations, it is a great challenge to keep this agency operating. We rely on the generosity of our donors and the hard work of volunteers. At UCP we build wheelchair ramps on homes, provide a free exchange of expensive durable medical equipment, coordinate an All Together Kids summer program, and do all we can to help individuals with physical disabilities in Middle TN to live full lives. The financial needs of our organization are immense. Our revenues can't keep up with the number of people we have on our waiting lists.
I have Cerebral Palsy. It impacts my life every day and is both a blessing and a struggle. I am blessed because CP has been my greatest teacher. Early in my life I learned how to find perseverance, compassion, and faith. Doctors told my parents I would struggle to walk up stairs and my speech impediment made it hard to answer the telephone. After 3 surgeries I was able to play football in high school and win a state title. After years of speech therapy, now I give motivational speeches to schools, businesses, and church groups. I am fortunate to enjoy a successful professional career in financial planning and investing. It is because of my cerebral palsy that I am intensely passionate about helping others live meaningful lives. This is why my wife Michelle and I support UCP of Middle TN. I am honored to be President of the Board.
United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee is unique among agencies serving individuals with developmental and acquired physical disabilities in Tennessee. While most agencies that primarily focus on developmental disabilities services provide programs for populations for which waiver contract funding is available through the state Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, UCP has chosen to focus on the needs of unaddressed populations. Intellectual Disability is only one form of developmental disability. Individuals with comparable disabilities have comparable needs, but nowhere to turn within the state structure for help. The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has no budget for Developmental Disability services and provides no contract funding to agencies serving people with developmental disabilities. Therefore, our agency relies on an array of private funding initiatives for basic services to our families. To further compound matters, many people with significant disabilities do not qualify for long term care supports under TennCare and they cannot acquire private insurance adequate to meet their significant long term care needs. The individuals our agency serves are people with documented and verifiable needs who simply have nowhere else to turn. Our resources are meager, but our volunteers and families prove every day that much can be done when limited resources are used with innovation and care.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
1. 2016-17 revenues and expenses reported under projections above reflect in-kind valuation of durable medical equipment: estimated value of incoming equipment in 2016-17 is $638,000 with a similar amount of expense/distribution of equipment. This is reported on the agency's audit and 990.
Upon the death of the first income beneficiary, the remaining principal is to be distributed to UCP. A noncurrent asset for the remainder interest in the trust is recognized on the financial statements as a permanently restricted net asset.
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