Bonus for Signing as a New DSP

August 29, 2018 at 4:33 pm

Image of UCP of Georgia and Top Workplaces logos for signing bonusIn order to sustain top talent, UCP of Georgia is proud to announce a new signing bonus plan. Direct Support Professionals (DSP) hired by UCP of Georgia are now eligible to receive a signing bonus of $800.


  • A signing bonus of $800 will be offered to newly hired DSPs in either day programs or residential homes.
  • The bonus will be paid in two installments of $400. Payments are made following the 90th and 180th days of employment. Payments are made on regularly scheduled pay dates.

Conditions for receiving bonus:

  1. DSP successfully passes a 90-day probationary period. If probationary period is extended, the first payment will be paid on next pay period after probation ends.
  2. DSP has no disciplinary action beyond a verbal coaching on file during the first 6 months of employment.
  3. All training must be completed by required date(s).
  4. Rehires qualify if they have not worked with UCP within the past 12 months.

More things to note: The signing bonus is taxable. All regular payroll taxes will be withheld. If employee voluntarily leaves UCP within 12 months of hire date, s/he is responsible for reimbursing the entire signing bonus.

Since 1965, UCP of Georgia has been a leader in supporting people with all types of disabilities. Learn more about our mission and work in Georgia. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see how DSPs are a key part of living our mission.

Our starting rate for DSP positions is $11/hour. Visit our Career Center now to view and apply for open Direct Support Professional positions!

The ADA Turns 28

July 26, 2018 at 7:34 am

Today, we at UCP of Georgia recognize Independence Day For Americans With Disabilities. On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, beginning the long journey toward inclusion. The ADA provides protection from employment discrimination along with better access to goods, services and communications for people with disabilities.

As he signed the ADA into law, President Bush remarked, “every man, woman, and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence, and freedom.” Over two decades later we know that, while access to physical and digital spaces has become slightly better, significant issues remain and other things like the employment of people with disabilities have not improved much. If we are to positively support and impact the achievement of a Life Without Limits for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, there is still much work to be done.

Notably, the ADA was a bipartisan bill. People on both sides of the aisle supported its creation. In the late 1980s, Americans increasingly recognized the need for a civil rights law for people with disabilities. But, it took years of diverse leadership for the law to become a reality. Today, we must call on our current leaders for the same kind of cooperative governance to ensure the ADA – and the people it protects – remain strong for the future.

UCPGA Named Top Workplace by Atlanta Journal-Constitution

February 28, 2018 at 11:34 pm

United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplace honor by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia was founded in 1965 by a group of citizens seeking to establish community based supports to address the needs of children and adults with cerebral palsy. Since that time, UCP of Georgia has grown into a comprehensive organization offering a wide range of supports for people living with diverse intellectual and developmental disabilities. Today, the organization serves over 500 individuals and families with customized supports designed to ensure individuals maximize their potential, discover talents and skills, and achieve personal goals.

“We are honored to have achieved this recognition, which is so meaningful because it is a recognition bestowed by our team members,” said Diane Wilush, President and CEO of UCP of Georgia. “UCP believes a stable, high quality workforce is vital to the success of those we support. As a result, we devote a great deal of thought, time and energy to creating a workplace where everyone thrives.”

“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

Frozen Highways Trapped Some of Atlanta’s Most Vulnerable People

January 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

Seven Clients of a Cerebral Palsy Group Were Stuck in the Storm

By Valerie Bauerlein, The Wall Street Journal

Armed with only a few mini-bottles of water and a bag of candy kisses in her purse, wellness coordinator Vontana Atkins waited out the storm with her clients—five men with developmental disabilities—for more than 20 hours.

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