MBC’s spotlight charity for the month of June is the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Michigan.

MI-UCP was founded in 1949 as United Cerebral Palsy Association of Metropolitan Detroit (UCP/Detroit). This included Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. That same year, United Cerebral Palsy Association of Michigan (UCP/Michigan) was formed to serve the needs of constituents throughout the remainder of the state of Michigan.

In 2020, these two organizations merged into MI-UCP (Michigan United Cerebral Palsy). The goal is to expand our scope of service reach. In reality, more than 65 percent of the people we serve have a disability other than cerebral palsy. These include autism, spinal cord injuries, intellectual disabilities, visual impairments and many other disabling conditions.

By unifying as MI-UCP, they are able to operate more efficiently and effectively as one of the state’s leading sources of information, referral and strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations. By having offices in Detroit and Lansing, they can continue to be a leading advocate for all 1.4M of Michiganders with disabilities.

MI-UCP’s mission is to empower all Michiganders with disabilities statewide and have the vision to enable all Michiganders with disabilities to live to the best of their abilities and ambitions.