UCP: Ability Now Bay Area

Partner:UCP: Ability Now Bay Area
Date:May 03, 2016

For over 70 years the UCP: Ability Now Bay Area has provided quality educational services for individuals with development disabilities. The Center serves 90 participants with developmental and severe physical disabilities, over half of whom have little to no functional speech. The Center was among the first agencies in our region to utilize computers in the classroom. Advanced assistive technology help make standard computers accessible. The Center has distinguished itself in individual participant achievement.

  • Mission Statement

    For over 70 years the Cerebral Palsy Center for the Bay Area has provided quality educational services for individuals with development disabilities. The Center serves 90 participants with developmental and severe physical disabilities, over half of whom have little to no functional speech. The Center was among the first agencies in our region to utilize computers in the classroom. Advanced assistive technology help make standard computers accessible. The Center has distinguished itself in individual participant achievement. Our mission statement is: To create a culture that supports people with disabilities through innovative sustainable programs and services. The Center utilizes a person-center program model that emphasizes self-determination and independent living skills, our programs are: Adult Development Programs: Various classes on independent living, self advocacy and literacy Computer Learning Center: Self paced learning on software programs and internet Communication Skills: Speech and Language Pathologist classes Community Integration: Accessing community resources e.g. Post Office, bus, and local merchants Work Activity Program: Offers Self Employment training and for others a direct mailing operation vendorized through Department of Rehabilitation Wellness Program: Preventative health classes to reduce future complications and secondary conditions
  • Project Abstract

    Breaking Ground Program will meet the specialized vocational training and employment needs of individuals with severe physical and speech disabilities by providing comprehensive employment training in collaboration with local agencies and business. This program will increase competitive employment opportunities and job placements by utilizing a wide range of innovative strategies and training. These include individualized assitive technology, work-realted computer skills training and job-readiness training. Over half of the program participants have little to no functional speech and are challenged every day by barriers to communication. The Breaking Ground Program will provide services and materials in various formats and tailor training to accommodate augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) users. For people with disabilities technology is an equalizer. It enables people to improve their abilities and to assert and fully develop their potential. we regard technology as essential to any effort to prepare individuals for employment and the future.
  • Target Population

    The Breaking Ground Program is designed to serve 50 individuals: Age level.....................19-45 Disabilities..................Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities, Severe physical disabilities, Speech impairments, Visual impairment, Hearing impairment and learning disabilities Mobility......................80% are wheelchair users
  • Contact Information & Map

    UCP: Ability Now Bay Area
    Attn: Bill Pelter
    4500 Lincoln Avenue
    Attention: Bill Pelter, Assistant Executive Director
    Oakland, CA 94602
    Alameda County
    United States

    Phone: (510) 531-3323 x 18
    Fax: (510) 531-2290
    Email: bpelter@cpcoak.org


  • Equipment Needed

    PC Desktop System
    PC Laptop System
    Monitor
    Miscellaneous Item