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When a family learns that their child has a disability or a special need, it can be a challenging time for them. United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central California is a non-profit health organization with a mission of advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of such persons. When an infant or toddler is suspected of having any developmental concern, UCP is there to help! Each day they are working to create a life without limits for over 1,000 children and adults each year in Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Merced, Mariposa, Madera, and Kern counties. 
The services provided by UCP, Hanford include:
1. King's County Family Resource Center (FRC): It is available to provide support, parent to parent connection and early intervention services to eligable families. Once a child graduates the Early Start/ Intervention Program at age 3, the Family Empowerment Center assists in navigating the child's educational needs till age 22.
2. The Early Start/Intervention Program: It is designed to teach the child and parents to work together towards a goal that seems impossible. UCP staff works with families to develop individual programs for each child. In-home services are also provided.
3.The Parent and Me Program: Children learn best when they are having fun. Developmentally appropriate materials and activities are provided to enhance the social skills of the child, to develop curiosity, initiative, independence, effective choice making and skills for critical thinking. The Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP) strand is implemented throughout the program. It is offered in Hanford, Armona, Lemoore, Avenal, Corcoran and kettleman city.
4.The First Five Special Needs Project: Through this program, an Occupational therapist, Physical therapist and Speech therapist is available to perform screenings and set up customized treatment programs to improve the child's ability to perform daily tasks. In-sevices for parents/ caregivers are also available on variety of topics to meet specific needs of the child.
5. The Center for the Arts and Technology in Fresno : offers an adult program in a community college setting for our adult students. In Coalinga and the surrounding communities, our Center for Habilitation, Education, Enrichment & Recreational Services (CHEERS) offers a program similar to the Fresno Center for adults in those communities.
To get more information you can contact UCP at:
606 W. Sixth Street,
Hanford, CA 93230
559-584-1551 (Fax): 559-584-6757*
'UCP Day' is a movement of hundreds of organizations and individuals choosing to stand up and celebrate! Celebrate what? Celebrate Abilities! CVC Kiwanis has the honor to partner with UCP in celebrating ! You can do so too. Just visit and participate by contributing from $5 to $50 and recieve a gift hamper.Just remember to mention you're contributing as a CVCK member. It couldn't get any better! 
UCP DAY, 27 September, 2013
UCP Day, 24 October, 2014
UCP Day, 25 September, 2015
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