UCP of Central Arizona has one commitment, that is to empower and strengthen the independence of people with disabilities and developmental delays.

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 highly experienced and compassionate experts who have experience helping children and adults with a wide array of disabilities including autism, sensory processing disorder, genetic disorders, orthopedic disabilities, birth defects, effects of in-utero drug or alcohol exposure, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), developmental delays along with other diagnoses that affect the ability to live life without limitations.

In our many programs, UCP serves children, teens and adults with diverse developmental delays with passionate commitment to help all people reach their potential regardless of their abilities. We work with families struggling with complex diagnoses as well as families who may just need a little extra help.  Whether a child is a picky eater, late walker or having difficulty with handwriting, our experts help families move from frustration to inspiration. Through our array of programs and services, we are confident we can help your newborn baby, your child, your teen, even your adult family member who is ready for independence!

UCP provides all who come to us with the best care because we believe in the dignity and value of each and every individual that we serve.  Our efforts are guided by the belief that each person has potential gifts and talents to be unlocked.  Whether it is through therapy, respite care, learning center socialization, the adult day program or early intervention, UCP will give the very best. Give UCP a call so we can help!

Founded in 1952, the Central Arizona chapter of the nationally recognized agency has served as a private, non-profit health and human service organization for adults and children with disabilities and their families. UCP of Central Arizona serves almost 3,000 families each year. UCP of Central Arizona’s programming is designed to help children and adults reach their full potential and improve the quality of life of their family members.

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.

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 UCPDowntown.org

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 ucp.org



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