Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of chronic conditions that effect body movement and muscle control. CP is caused by damage to the brain during fetal development, birth, or infancy. Although it is not a curable condition, symptoms do not increase over time, and often, training and therapy can greatly improve daily function and enhance quality of lifestyle.

There is no single cause for CP, but rather it is several disorders that are grouped together because of the similarities of their symptoms. These include muscle tightness or spasticity, involuntary movement, difficulty related to mobility, or problems with communication.

People with Cerebral Palsy don’t all have the same disabilities, they can range from slight to severe and effect different areas of the body.

Does United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) only serve individuals with Cerebral Palsy?

No, UCP serves ALL children and adults with various developmental disabilities in SLO County.

What is a developmental disability?

A developmental disability is a permanent disability which is diagnosed before the individual is 18 years of age. Individuals may have a mental or physical disability, or a combination. Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are examples of developmental disabilities.

What if I live outside of San Luis Obispo County?

Please visit our national organization webpage at and enter your zip code to find the local UCP office in your area.

How do I contact UCP of SLO County?

Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

For information and any questions regarding our services, please contact our Program Manager or Program Coordinator at (805) 543-2039 or email us at

How can I support UCP?

Please visit our support pages. We appreciate your interest in helping UCP to increase the opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the community and to help them live their lives without limits!