Life without Limits for People with Disabilities

The following organization may be helpful for individuals with cerebral palsy and/or other disabilities in the Birmingham, AL area:

Cerebral palsy is a condition that indicates dysfunction in body movements and muscle coordination. Often diagnosed within a child’s first few years of life, Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring during fetal development; before, during or shortly after birth; or during infancy. Although cerebral palsy is incurable, extensive training and therapy can help improve an individual’s functioning handicap signskills.

Through its various programs and services, the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham (UCP) strives to provide individuals with the training and therapy they need to live a life without limits. Their primary mission is to promote the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Serving various communities throughout Greater Birmingham area, UCP provides several core services and programs that meet the needs of those with disabilities. These programs and services include:

Life without Limits Clinic – This clinic offers comprehensive care for children with disabilities by using practices targeted at the family unit as a whole to meet the needs of the disabled child and help families develop positive care-giving skills.  Additionally, the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at the Life without Limits Clinic specializes in aiding those struggling with motor disabilities by offering a continuum of services to help patients achieve the best possible health and wellness outcomes.  These services include:

  • Assistive Technology 
  • Augmentative Communication Solutions
  • Care Coordination and Outpatient Therapy
  • Evaluation and Diagnostics
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Spasticity Management
  • Speech and Language Therapy 

Hand in Hand – Hand In Hand programs at UCP of Greater Birmingham offer children of all abilities from birth through the age of four a variety of opportunities to learn, play and grow together. The experiences gained through participation in the Hand in Hand program lay the foundation of these children’s future and consist of five main programs:

  • Early Intervention Program
  • Early Learning Program
  • Childcare Enhancement With a Purpose Program
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic
  • Outpatient Therapy

To learn more about the five programs offered by Hand in Hand, visit http://www.ucpbham.com/our-programs/hand-in-hand.html

Adult Services – Various programs and services for adults with disabilities are offered at UCP.  These programs and services promote independence for adults based on each individual’s needs and abilities. To participate in Adult Services, applicants must have manageable behavior, be at least twenty-one years of age, and a diagnosed developmental disability.  It is recommended that parents with a disabled child begin the application for Adult Services at least three years before the child exits school, as the process can be lengthy and requires many follow-ups. Adult services provided include:

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Health and Wellness Program – As mentioned in the summary about the Life without Limits Clinic, the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at UCP is a leader in innovative services for people with disabilities and offers an enhanced level of medical care and services to their patients. By improving access to care for individuals with disabilities, this program creates measurable improvements in life expectancy and a significant increase in the quality of life for both people with disabilities and the families that provide support and care for them.

Supported Employment Services – Employment can help disabled adults by providing structure and routines, anchoring a positive identity, and earning themselves an income that broadens their ability to make choices.  Research studies have shown that individuals with disabilities when asked if they want to work, a staggering seventy percent said yes. The Supported Employment Services offered at UCP of Greater Birmingham help people find full-time or part-time, competitive jobs earning minimum wage. 

Supportive Employment Services specialists can assist participants succeed an a working environment with people without disabilities through training  and job support focused on pre-hire work readiness, job exploration techniques, resume/cover letter/application construction, and interview strategy, and skill building specific to their particular job.

For more information about any of the programs offered by United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham, contact them by calling 205-944-3900 or online at http://www.ucpbham.com

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