A Resource for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

UCP San Diego is proud to support the effort to develop Start Here, a digital platform to provide parents of children with disabilities with a wide range of critical and comprehensive resources.

Start Here offers caregivers a trusted source for guidance on everything from the basics of cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as managed care advice about how to be an effective advocate for their child. As of 2016, 7.37 million people in the United States had intellectual or developmental disabilities, according to the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota.

Adapt Community Network, our affiliate in New York City, has developed the website in association with United Cerebral Palsy.

“The goal of Start Here is to equip parents and caregivers with a roadmap and guide to getting the best information so they can negotiate what can be an overwhelming and complicated system of services,” says Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network. “As we expand the site, we will bring additional resources, including informational sessions from experts on a variety of topics affecting the lives of children with differing needs.”

Armando Contreras, president & CEO of United Cerebral Palsy said, “Our world’s diverse and growing population includes an equally diverse and growing community of special needs children and adults. Start Here is meant to offer parents plain-spoken, practical guidance on how best to support their children and care for themselves in the process.”

Our mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities.


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UCP is local, providing Adult Day Programs in both San Diego and Escondido, Assistive Technology, Children's Services including a Toy Lending Library, Equipment Recycling, Family Support, Grants & Funding, Information & Referral and Respitality.

We serve thousands of people in San Diego County every year through our programs and services.


Low Cost Internet, Computers Available

High-speed Internet (broadband) access is essential for homework, employment applications, job training, health services, and civic activities.

High-Quality Internet, Desktops and Laptops are available at a reduced cost for low-income and disability households.

For more information, visit Everyone On and Internet For All Now.

"No Limits" Walk Raises Fun and Funds

UCP thanks everyone who participated in our 40th Annual No Limits Walk & Roll on October 29th at De Anza Cove on Mission Bay. The title sponsor once again was MobilityWorks.

Everyone enjoyed a continental breakfast, and — after crossing the finish line— a delicious lunch provided by long-time sponsors Casa Guadalajara and Casa De Bandini, while helping raise over $30,000 for people living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Fundraisers were eligible for raffle and incentive prizes including gift cards, a Chromebook and a trip to Disneyland. The day was also filled with many colorful t-shirts as teams went the distance to support their family members with disabilities.

Special thanks to our emcees— ABC 10News Reporter Marie Coronel and Fox 5's Julian Del Gaudio— for guiding our 2022 No Limits Walk & Roll to success! UCP also thanks Cubic.

All funds raised go to support UCP San Diego's local programs.

Dia del Sol Helps People with Disabilities

The 53rd Annual Dia del Sol, held at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, was a huge success. Thank you to the Beach & Country Guild for producing this awesome event to benefit UCP San Diego and people with disabilities.

It was an incredible day of fun, food and fashion! Here's the video:

Firefighters & Celebs Serve It Up At Waiters Luncheon

For the 39th consecutive year, the San Diego City Fire Fighters graciously donated their financial support as “Title Sponsor” to the always wild and crazy “Fire Fighters and Friends” Celebrity Waiters Luncheon. Held on a sunny late-September day, patrons were treated to great food, local and Hollywood stars and the high energy of San Diego City Fire Fighters bayside at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa.

Radio & TV legend Shotgun Tom Kelly and KUSI-TV News personality Allie Wagner co-hosted the event and kept the festivities going at a lively pace. Tips were given freely and with special live and silent auctions, over $62,000 was raised for the cause.

UCP would like to thank our local media partners KUSI News and the San Diego Community Newspaper Group for their promotional efforts. We salute our Hollywood and local celebrities that included such personalities as actress Melissa Biggs and Pro Volleyball legend Roger Clark, actor Peter Kwong, actor Ross McColl (Band of Brothers), multi-talented actor Gary Hudson, magician Evan Disney, Fox 5's Troy Hirsch and Julian Del Gaudio, KUSI News' Teresa Sardina and Logan Byrnes, plus Tom Cruise & Jack Nicholson look-a-likes and many more.

UCP also thanks the staff of the Coronado Marriott Resort & Spa for their assistance and cooperation and the following organizations, companies and individuals for their support: Berkshire Hathaway HC, Misty Thompson & Melody Morgan, dpc productions, San Diego Padres, San Diego Gulls, San Diego Seals National Lacrosse team and the San Diego Enforcers.

Thanks for once again making this event the most fun you'll have at lunch all year!

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40th Annual Golf Classic Scores Big!

On Monday, August 1st, the 40th Annual UCP Golf Classic took place at The El Camino Country Club in Oceanside. Golfers hit the links in bright sunshine and did their best to conquer a challenging course, while raising nearly $70,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County.

Title sponsor for this year’s event was Rancho Mesa Insurance

Associate sponsors included: The Land Stewards, Doug's Sweeping, Inc., H & E Equipment, Enterprise Truck Rental, An-Wil Erosion Control, Imperial Sprinkler Supply, Clairemont Equipment, Bob Stall Chevrolet – La Mesa, Coca Cola Bottling Company, TaylorMade, All Pro Stickers, The Business Cleaning Company, Eco-Pan and West Coast Sand & Gravel.

UCP also thanks tournament Chairman John Gentillon of The Land Stewards and General Manager Michael Lissebeck from the El Camino Country Club, his excellent staff and all the participants and supporters that came out to this signature event.  

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Regale in The Ranch Makes Magic

Thank You to the hard-working Beach & Country Guild for producing the 10th Annual Regale in the Ranch to benefit UCP San Diego and the people we serve.

Living With Cerebral Palsy

Your support makes it possible for UCP to provide over a dozen programs and services to the disabled community in San Diego County. This video highlights three people in San Diego “Living with Cerebral Palsy."

Imagine a world filled with dreams, choice and freedom, and the promise of a community where each person belongs and contributes. That’s our mission.

Our Corporate and Community Partners

Ways To Help


Your dollars make a huge difference in the lives of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.


Donate a car, truck, motorcycle, or RV to help provide programs and resources to those we serve. Each vehicle donation helps UCP build a stronger community by advocating for independence and productivity.


Donate your time. Our success depends on the skills, talents, time and energy of our many volunteers.


Remember UCP when planning your estate. Your gift will help UCP fulfill its mission and you'll enjoy a wide variety of tax advantages. One charitable gift, a lifetime of benefits.


Serving San Diego County since 1983, Precision Assembly is a unique business that provides printing, light assembly and mailing services.

Precision Assembly offers quality service to customers and training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Get 10% off your first order.


Ready Stamps is a unique full service business that can help with stamps, engraving and printing needs.

A division of UCP, Ready Stamps has been providing job training and employment for people with disabilities since 1982.

As a manufacturer, we can provide faster, more reliable service at a better price.


Get a hot and tasty meal from your locally-owned Papa Johns Pizza San Diego and get 30% off your online order with the code: ucpsd.

AND Papa John’s will also donate an additional 20% to UCP!

Our thanks to Papa John's Pizza San Diego for their continued support for people with disabilities!


AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support UCP San Diego every time you shop — at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to UCP.

To shop at AmazonSmile just click the "Shop Now" button. Add a bookmark to make it easy to return later and shop.

You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Tell your friends and family about this easy (and free) way to support UCP San Diego.

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