Advocacy & Public Policy
UCP of Georgia was founded in 1965 as a small group of parents, health care professionals and concerned citizens came together to advocate for community based services for children with cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
UCP has come a long way in advancing the independence and full citizenship of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since that time, but there are still significant challenges to be addressed. Today, a core value of our organization continues to be an unwavering commitment to advocate for the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
UCP advocacy efforts are targeted to impact public policy relating to the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; increase access to services and supports designed to advance independence and community inclusion; and educate the general public to in order to make our Georgia communities more welcoming places for all people to live.
UCP of Georgia shares strategic partnerships with other community groups relating to public policy and funding for services, including: UCP national organization to impact federal policy, provider and family associations to impact state and local policy and funding, as well as maintaining an open dialog with funding sources such as the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Community Health.
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