United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCPA) of Hawaii is a nonprofit, volunteer health organization. Its focus is to positively affect the quality of life for children and adults with cerebral palsy or other severe disabilities with similar service needs. Support for the families is seen as an important part of the organizationfs mission. Additional energies are placed on preventing cerebral palsy and minimizing its effect. UCPA's goal is to empower people with choices and to provide opportunities of independence.
The association has a diversified funding base that includes; Aloha United Way, Department of Health - Early Intervention Section, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, UCPA of Hawaii and the organizationfs fundraising events.
UCPA of Hawaii is part of a nationwide network of approximately 93 state and local affiliates that provide services, conduct public and professional education programs and support research in cerebral palsy. The local UCP has been providing services in the islands since 1959.
UCPA of Hawaii is also one of four independent non-profit organizations involved in an innovative collaboration called DiverseAbilities. The purpose of this partnership is to combine resources, reduce costs and expand services in pursuit of strengthening each organization's mission. In addition to UCPA of Hawaii, DiverseAbilities includes Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii, Hawaii Centers for Independent Living and Abilities Unlimited.