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Welcome to United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama (UCPWA), an organization deeply rooted in the heart of the community since its establishment in 1962. For over five decades, we’ve stood as a reliable support system for people with all types of disabilities, fostering empowerment and advocating for their inclusion across every area of life.

At UCPWA, our commitment to our mission and vision is evident in our dedication to fostering independence, improving productivity, and encouraging full integration of people with disabilities into all aspects of our community. Our comprehensive range services reflect this commitment, meeting the diverse needs of both children and adults with all types of disabilities.

From early intervention and therapeutic services to respite support, employment assistance, community engagement, and residential support, our programs are developed to empower people, providing them with the tools and opportunities necessary for leading fulfilling lives. Our journey has been one of evolution and expansion, consistently adapting to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. This evolution reflects our determination to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Every program we offer is designed to address specific needs, fostering a more inclusive environment for all members of the West Alabama community.

Join us in our mission to create a world where with disabilities thrive, contributing their unique talents and abilities to a society that celebrates diversity and equality. Together, we can build a more inclusive tomorrow for everyone

Explore our range of programs and services to discover how UCPWA is making a positive difference in the lives of people with disabilities in West Alabama.

Failure is only failure when you stop trying.


UCPWA is dedicated to creating opportunities for people with all types of disabilities. We achieve this by offering a comprehensive range of services aimed at fostering independence, advocating for individual rights, and empowering people to lead high-quality and productive lives. These services cater to children and adults and cover various aspects of their needs, such as early intervention training, therapeutic services, summer programs, respite support services, residential services, employment services and community experiences. UCPWA's commitment to enhancing the lives of those with disabilities is evident through our diverse programs and services.


UCPWA envisions a community where everyone, regardless of their abilities, is empowered to advance their independence, maximize their productivity, and be fully included in the community. This vision reflects a society that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities for all its members, recognizing the potential and value of people with disabilities. With over five decades of dedicated service, UCPWA has evolved and expanded to meet the changing needs of the community, striving to ensure that people with disabilities have the support and resources necessary to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. Our organization plays a crucial role in promoting inclusion and equality in West Alabama, making a positive impact on the lives of countless people with disabilities and their families.

Adversity is one of life's greatest teachers.


Inclusivity: Embracing diversity and ensuring that people of all abilities feel valued, respected, and included within the community.

Advocacy: Serving as strong advocates for the rights and needs of people with disabilities, working to remove barriers and promote policies that support their inclusion and equality.

Compassion: Demonstrating empathy, care, and understanding towards people with disabilities and their families, fostering a supportive and nurturing environment.

Innovation: Continuously seeking innovative approaches and solutions to address the evolving needs of people with disabilities, enhancing services and programs to better support their independence and productivity.

Collaboration: Partnering with stakeholders, organizations, and the community to create a network of support, leveraging collective efforts to enhance opportunities and resources for people with disabilities.

Quality: Striving for excellence in all services and programs offered, ensuring they meet high standards and positively impact the lives of those served.

Respect: Upholding the dignity, autonomy, and individuality of people with disabilities, fostering an environment where everyone is treated with respect and equality.

Community Engagement: Engaging the community through education, awareness campaigns, and initiatives that promote understanding, acceptance, and support for people with disabilities.

Accountability: Maintaining transparency, accountability, and responsible stewardship of resources, ensuring they are used effectively to benefit the people served by the organization.

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