Understanding Disabilities

UCP of Greater Dane County provides programs and services to children and adults with a range of disabilities and delays such as autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury and delays in speech, development and mobility.

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term describing a group of non-progressive, non-contagious motor conditions that cause physical disability in human development, chiefly in the areas of body movement. Cerebral palsy is the largest cause of physical disability in children with an occurrence rate of somewhere between one in 400 to one in 500.

We are proud to be affiliated with a national organization, United Cerebral Palsy, based in Washington, D.C. While we focus on providing direct, local services, our national organization advocates on behalf of people with disabilities, advancing federal disability public policy, providing public education and advancing technological supports for individuals with disabilities.

(Definition of cerebral palsy courtesy of World Cerebral Palsy Day literature)