At United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona (UCP), our name does not tell our entire story. We serve people with cerebral palsy, but we also have compassionate experts who have experience helping children and adults with a wide array of disabilities. Though the scope of our work has changed over the years, our vision remains the same, to help people with disabilities reach their full potential and improve their quality of life and their families. Each unique program at UCP provides the highest quality of care in all stages of life.

Since 1952, we have served as one of the oldest private, non-profit health and human service organizations in Arizona. Every year we impact the life of nearly 3,000 people with disabilities in the community. Our work is reflected by the improved life experiences of each person we touch, presently and for generations to come. Our efforts are guided by the belief that each person has potential gifts and talents to be unlocked. We invite you to contact us if your loved one is experiencing a disability.

Our Mission

UCP of Central Arizona provides comprehensive services to individuals with disabilities and their families by providing physical and developmental support as well as educational growth which is the foundation for independent living. “Life without Limits”

Our Vision

Individuals with disabilities will achieve their potential and experience equality in the community.

Our Values

ACCOUNTABILITY – UCP shall make every effort to ensure every child, adult and family receives the utmost care by the services we provide.

COMMITMENT – Because of our commitment to those we serve, hope transforms into results and lives are changed.

LOVE AND COMPASSION – Knowing you’re making a difference in someone’s life, then suddenly realizing they’ve made a difference in yours.

TEAMWORK – At UCP, we create an environment where individuals come together in a spirit of teamwork, which allows us to attain remarkable results.

TRUST – We build relationships with honesty and integrity while following through on our commitments.

RESPECT – We treat our team members with mutual respect and sensitivity, recognizing the importance of diversity. We respect all individuals and value their contributions.

We serve people of any age with all disabilities, diagnosis, and developmental challenges, including but not limited to:

Cerebral Palsy
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Down Syndrome
Sensory Processing Disorders
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Attention Deficit
Birth Defects

Cognitive Delays
Developmental Delays
Vision Impairment
Spina Bifida
Seizure Disorders

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Failure to Thrive
Chromosomal Abnormalities
Orthopedic Conditions
Hearing Impairments
Brachial Plexus Injuries
Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Many other diagnosis which affect development

The Laura Dozer Center

The building opened in 2003, as a result of a Capital Campaign chaired by Rich and Karie Dozer. The building was named in honor of Laura Dozer, Rich and Karie’s daughter.  Laura was born three months premature.  She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as well as a number of other disabilities.  Unfortunately, Laura passed away in April of 2008.  She was nine years old.  Laura touched many lives during her short nine years, but will continue to touch thousands more through the work of UCP. The center is made up of over 23,000 square feet of indoor space and 27,000 square feet of outdoor play area. The theme of the center was created around the Enchanted Forest because the Enchanted Forest is timeless and it captures the essence of the environment we have, one of wonder, imagination, comfort and warmth.  The facility was designed in a way to be family and kid friendly and it invites children to play so they often don’t realize how hard they are working.

UCP Downtown

With more and more individuals and families seeking services in the Central Phoenix and East Valley regions of the County, Through the generosity of Circle K , UCP has been able to expand to a strategically located location. A new UCP location, known as UCP Downtown, located at Roosevelt and 7th Street in the heart of Phoenix, AZ., is now open for pediatric therapies! This location provides an ideal venue for UCP to reach the central city community with local  programs so that more children and families living in this centrally located area can more conveniently receive the services they deserve. Learn more at

Our Programs and Services

Day Treatment for Adults

The Day Treatment and Training Program for Adults serves high school graduates

Early Learning Center

The Early Learning Center is is a high quality developmentally appropriate educational

Early Intervention

Early detection is the key to addressing issues that can be more

Home and Community Based Services

HCBS are available to both children and adults being served by the Division of

Therapy Services

The Therapy Program serve children and young adults ages 0-18

About UCP National

For almost 70 years, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) National has been committed to change and progress for persons with disabilities. The national recognized agency was founded in 1949 by parents and friends of children with cerebral palsy. UCP now serves children with a wide range of disabilities,including cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, developmental delay and many other diagnoses that affect development. The UCP nationwide network consists of a central national entity, located in Washington D.C. and over 60 independent non-profit affiliates across the US and Canada. UCP is a leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of all people with disabilities. Learn more at



Our Partners

Laura Dozer Center

Hours: Monday through Friday from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm

UCP Downtown

Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm