Letter from Diane Coughlin

From United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland to Unified Community Connections

Effective April 15, 2013, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland (UCP-CM) changed its name to Unified Community Connections and has redesigned its logo and look.

Unified Community Connections: A Name that Reflects Who We Serve

After careful deliberation, the board of directors of UCP-CM unanimously made these important decisions for the following reasons. First, more than 50 percent of the individuals we support have diagnoses other than cerebral palsy. We have individuals, for example, with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, spina bifida and traumatic brain injury as well as other disabilities and chronic health issues. Also, more than 85 percent of the individuals we support have multiple disabilities. It was important to us that our name embraces all of the individuals supported by our agency. With the new name, we also developed a new logo and slogan. The latter, “Connecting people with disabilities to life’s possibilities,” truly reflects our mission.

Additionally, we serve many individuals in Western Maryland and have been requested to provide services and supports in other areas throughout the state.  Our new name, Unified Community Connections will facilitate our efforts to further broaden our geographic base.

New Name, Same Mission

Please know that our services and staff will remain the same. We will continue to operate our Day Programs, residential services, in-home support Services, No Boundaries Assistive Technology Center, employment and transportation services and our Delrey School. Our mission remains to support individuals with disabilities in achieving independence, productivity and the quality of life they seek. And we are committed to have every dollar raised through grants and donations remain in our community, helping the individuals served by our agency. Read the Unified Community Connection Fact Sheet (PDF).

I thank each of you for your past and continuing support, and please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

Diane Coughlin

Diane Coughlin
President and CEO