UCP Heartland

A nonprofit organization

UCP Heartland envisions being the provider of choice for children and adults with differing abilities and making sure all people have the opportunity to live, learn, engage, work and reach their full potential.

We provide programs and supports in these key areas:

Adult Day Services
Autism Services
Early Childhood Development
Employment Resources
Independent Living Support Services
Youth Camps

Our History

UCP Heartland was founded in 1953 by a group of concerned parents and volunteers, who wanted to provide a higher quality of life for family members and friends living with disabilities. The primary focus during the early stages of the organization was to provide support to families and provide leisure services to children and adults with cerebral palsy. Over the years, due to changing needs within the disability community, we expanded our focus to serve people with a spectrum of disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, traumatic brain injury and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have grown to meet the needs of individual with disabilities in a changing world. In 2008, UCP acquired another nonprofit agency, expanding our service geography to include Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri.

We are proud of our reputation to serve the most vulnerable. People living with disabilities are living longer today than in 1953. We are committed to provide the supports necessary for a successful, happy meaningful life to our clients, their families and their surrounding community. As our founders had hoped, UCP continues to change the way the world sees people with disabilities. Our communities become rich with diversity as we incorporate our clients into every facet of society.

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Pledge

At UCP Heartland, we believe every person is beautifully unique. We respect and appreciate our differences, recognize and address inequities, and embrace inclusion in every aspect of society.
Join us in our pledge. Together, we can make a stronger impact in creating a better tomorrow.


At UCP Heartland, our mission is to provide children and adults living with differing abilities extraordinary care and support they need to thrive in school, at home, at work, and in their community.

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Organization name

UCP Heartland

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4645 LaGuardia Drive
St. Louis, MO 63134



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