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UCP's mission is to advance the independence and full citizenship of individuals across a spectrum of disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy.
In 2017, we received 278 requests for services from individuals in Eastern Connecticut living with disabilities. They were facing financial hardships, in need of durable medical equipment, were living in unsafe safe housing, or were at risk for eviction because of unemployment. People with disabilities have increased medical expenses and earn 60% less than households without a person with a disability. They are far less likely to be employed and when they are employed, they earn less than their peers without a disability. Those that live with severe or chronic disability are more likely to live in severely substandard conditions.
UCP's Disability Support Program has been facilitating the removal of barriers to independence for individuals with disabilities since 1999, fostering individual and economic security through advocacy and self-advocacy.