United Cerebral Palsy of SC - Helping People Achieve a Life Without Limits
United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina recently joined the Greater Lexington Chamber and celebrated its membership with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its West Columbia office. Founded in 1949, United Cerebral Palsy National launched its S.C. affiliate in 2003 at the request of families in the state. “We located here based on the needs and desires of our consumers and their families,” Development Coordinator Alanna Layton said of the Lexington County office, located at 1101 Harbor Drive. “Right now, our core services are located in Richland and Lexington Counties. Our plan is to eventually develop services in different regions of the state.”
UCP of South Carolina, which employs 165 people at the West Columbia office, is a non-profit organization whose primary objective is to provide supports and services driven by the person receiving the service.
The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina is to positively support and impact the achievement of a life without limits for people with disabilities. UCP is a comprehensive service organization offering programs and supports designed to help our consumers achieve independent, productive and rewarding lives. “We provide community living options, which are tailored to each individual’s needs and desires; an onsite day center where these individuals can participate in a variety of activities and learn new skills; job coaching and employment services; and nursing and behavioral specialists to insure the physical and emotional well-being of the individuals we serve,” said Layton, who finds the job quite gratifying. “For me personally, knowing that the work we do makes a positive impact in peoples’ lives (is gratifying). It’s a joy coming in every day and seeing some of the individuals we serve and building relationships with them. They are some of the most amazing and wonderful people you will ever meet,” Layton said. “I think what people may not realize is that UCP of South Carolina provides support to individuals with a range of life-long developmental and intellectual disabilities, including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, autism, and traumatic brain injuries, to name a few.”