United Cerebral Palsy-Center for Disability Services
Center for Disability Services re-affiliates with United Cerebral Palsy National
Center for Disability Services is proud to announce the re-affiliation with United Cerebral Palsy(UCP). The non-for-profit agency’s name will change to United Cerebral Palsy-Center for Disability Services (UCP-CDS).
The re-affiliation marks the evolution of progress to provide children, adults and families with the most innovative technology and practices for those living with a disability. Founded in Joliet in 1955 by Melvin J. Larson, a college professor, United Cerebral Palsy of Will County was formed with the help of local parents of children with cerebral palsy. It was through his vision, that all children would be given the best quality of life possible through programs and services offered by UCP of Will County.
In 2008, the name changed to UCP of Illinois Prairieland to better represent the areas outside of Will County the agency was serving. In 2014 the name changed to Center for Disability Services (CDS) with the expansion of programs and services to better serve individuals with various intellectual and developmental disabilities. UCP-CDS operates from the former Reedswood Elementary School in Joliet.
Services and programs were created to include individuals with autism, down syndrome, brain injury, orthopedic impairments, seizures, and multiple intellectual and developmental disabilities. UCP-CDS provides the Melvin J. Larson School for children ages 3-21, an Adult Training Program for individuals ages 22 and up, Family Support/Home Base, In Home Respite Services, and an After School Respite Program in an eight-county area including Will, Kankakee, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle, DuPage, Iroquois and parts of Cook. UCP-CDS is a proud partner of United Way of Will and Grundy Counties.