Founded in 1949, UCP of Metropolitan Detroit (UCP/Detroit) is one of over 100 affiliates of United Cerebral Palsy. UCP/Detroit is Southeast Michigan’s source for information, referral and service for individuals with disabilities, their families and friends. We work to advance the independence of all people with any physical, mental or emotional limitation that society calls a “disability” and to secure their right to self-determination and inclusion.

Through the Person Centered Advocacy Program, the agency makes it possible for parents to receive the technical know-how and the moral and emotional support they need when advocating for the rights of their children. The Navigators also provide intake and referral services, specialized trainings/workshops, support group meetings and assist all people with disabilities to access community services.

Representative Payee. UCP/Detroit can be appointed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to receive Social Security and/or the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for someone who cannot manage or direct someone else to manage his or her money.

The Elsie S. Bellows Fund was established in 1995 to provide assistive technology equipment to financially needy individuals with disabilities. Earnings from the principal of this fund are allocated on an annual basis by United Cerebral Palsy to UCP of Metro Detroit/Michigan and other affiliates.

Assistive technology can play a major role in increasing the independence of individuals with disabilities. The Elsie S. Bellows Fund provides funds to UCP/Detroit-UCP/Michigan and other affiliates to purchase equipment. Examples of eligible assistive technology may include:

  • Computer Equipment
  • Communication Devices

  • Hearing Aids

  • Wheelchairs

  • Lifts

Benefit Counseling helps Social Security beneficiaries to understand and use work incentives to start or return to work.

Our employment team works individually with people who are currently working or seeking employment and help them plan, through using work incentives, to build a more secure financial future and a better life.

Our staff works with Employment Networks, Michigan Works One Stop Career Centers, local Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) offices, Commission for the Blind, and other community agencies.

We can help you to understand how work affects a variety of benefits:

•  Medicaid

•  Medicare Part A, B & D

•  Social Security Income (SSI)

•  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

•  Food Assistance Housing Subsidies

•  Workers Compensation

•  Unemployment Insurance

•  Veterans Benefits

•  Short/Long Term Disability

•  Individual Development Accounts (IDA)

•  Earned Income Tax Credits

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