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UPARC – Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc
"For many families waiting for residential services in the state of Florida, the wait could be up to twenty years. Advocates and families from across the state filed a federal lawsuit to receive the necessary funding for residential services. The judge ruled in favor of the families and the legislation appropriated the necessary funds for services.
UPARC conducted a detailed analysis of the persons’ on the waiting list. As a result, many persons would require highly specialized services and supports. UPARC designed specialized residential homes to serve persons with Aging and Medical issues, Autism, Prader-Willi Syndrome and many differing disabilities.
Today, approaching the year 2010, UPARC is very excited to be on the brink of opening a home dedicated to disabled and troubled children from the foster system. This is the dawning of a new era and direction for the agency. This home is hopefully just the first of perhaps several we will be able to open down the road to help more children in need – just as we continue to help adults with developmentally disabilities in need – as UPARC has been doing with pride and dignity for over 50 years."