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The UCP Heartland (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Greater St. Louis) mission is to provide children and adults living with differing abilities extraordinary care and support they need to thrive in school, at home, at work, and in their community.
They are the provider of choice for children and adults with differing abilities and making sure all people have the opportunity to live, learn, engage, work, and reach their full potential.
UCP Heartland provides programs and supports in these key areas:
- The Adult Day Services Program is available in St. Louis and Jefferson City, offering individualized assistance with choice activities, increased socialization, skill building, therapies and inclusion in the community.
- The Autism Services Program, located in Columbia, Missouri, is based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles that will provide high quality therapy using evidenced-based practices in a setting where the environment becomes a learning tool. UCP Heartland uses a hybrid approach as the therapy will take place in their center or the child’s natural setting such as, home, school, day care/preschool, etc.
- The Early Childhood Development Center located in Columbia, Missouri is an accredited program and provides an inclusive environment where children of all abilities learn, play and grow together.
- UCP Heartland’s Employment Resources Specialists help individuals identify interests, abilities and talents to obtain/retain successful employment. This comprehensive program provides ongoing support and on the job coaching to clients and employment partners to ensure success.
- The 24/7 Independent Living Support Program provides the support necessary for clients to be well cared for, live safely and build their independence.
- Respite Services provides families and persons living with developmental disabilities both short term and emergency respite services in a caring, supportive environment.
- A Services Navigator provides personalized one-on-one support to help connect families to resources including information, referrals, advocacy, education, and assistance. Families are presented choices and solutions that will improve quality of care, welfare, security; and dignity.
- Youth Programs—Camp is a day camp for school-aged children with a disability diagnosis, living in metro St. Louis. Camp meets daily for 8 weeks in the summer, one week during winter break, and one week during spring break. Summer Voucher provides financial assistance for St. Louis County children with a diagnosed disability to attend a variety of summer camps and recreational activities.