KEY PRO­GRAMS Res­i­den­tial Ser­vices:

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UCO pro­vides res­i­den­tial ser­vices for both chil­dren and adults with in­tel­lec­tual and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties in Palm Beach County. Group Homes of­fer a fam­ily-like en­vi­ron­ment with care pro­vided by trained and lov­ing staff. Ad­di­tional sup­port ser­vices in­clude med­i­cal, di­etary, and be­hav­ioral ser­vices as needed. UCO also of­fers Be­hav­ior Fo­cus Group Homes for in­di­vid­u­als with be­hav­ior chal­lenges.

Pro­vides train­ing and as­sis­tance to sup­port in­di­vid­u­als with in­tel­lec­tual and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties to live in­de­pen­dently in their com­mu­nity.

Has a be­hav­ior fo­cus com­po­nent un­like any other ADT in Palm Beach County. There are cer­ti­fied be­hav­ior an­a­lysts on site. Daily liv­ing skills in­clud­ing so­cial and be­hav­ioral skills, money man­age­ment, fit­ness and health, and self-ad­vo­cacy are key com­po­nents to the pro­gram’s suc­cess. United Com­mu­nity Op­tions has a large fleet of vans for trans­port­ing in­di­vid­u­als and is avail­able in most ar­eas in Palm Beach County.

Pro­grams are of­fered to stu­dents with vary­ing health is­sues, ages 3 to 17 in small groups with ex­cel­lent adult to stu­dent ra­tios. This pro­gram, which is funded by United Way/Chil­dren’s Ser­vices Coun­cil, in­cludes art, mu­sic, dance and Kid­slit, an ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­ity fo­cused on stu­dent lit­er­acy.

UCO pro­vides Be­hav­ior Respite Care to chil­dren with be­hav­ior-fo­cused needs. Trained and car­ing sit­ters pro­vide respite for fam­ily mem­bers in need of time away from their loved one. In-home respite is funded through a part­ner­ship with Palm Beach County Fed­er­ally As­sisted Agency.

UCO also pro­vides short-term respite care to chil­dren with vary­ing health is­sues. The in­di­vid­ual’s fam­ily or care­giver ben­e­fits from the short-term re­lief from day-to-day stresses in­volved in car­ing for a child with spe­cial needs. Respite sit­ters are trained, lov­ing and will­ing to care for and as­sist fam­i­lies in need.

A pri­vate school specif­i­cally de­signed to serve tran­si­tion­ing ex­cep­tional ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents. The cur­ricu­lum is in­di­vid­u­al­ized for each stu­dent with a fo­cus on func­tional ar­eas that will max­i­mize the stu­dent’s in­de­pen­dence as an adult. The school serves stu­dents ages 14 to 22 and ac­cepts the McKay Schol­ar­ship through the State Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion parental choice pro­gram.

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