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Our Story

The History & Mission of UDS Foundation

Helping Seniors, Veterans and People with Disabilities

It all began with Anna…and Mary Poppins.
It was 1965 when we were inspired by the touching story of a young girl named Anna who was unable to attend a local theater showing of Mary Poppins with the other children because she was in a wheelchair. From this inspiration was born United Cerebral Palsy of Lancaster County. In 2000, we became United Disabilities Services (UDS)—a new name to reflect our greatly expanded capabilities.

The UDS Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Lancaster, PA, committed to helping people with disabilities, including veterans and the elderly, lead more independent and fulfilling lives. In our over 50 years, we’ve developed a wide variety of services and programs that improve quality of life and expand boundaries – including Accessible Home Modifications, Home Medical Equipment, Service Dogs, Custom Wheelchair Seating and more.

Today, over 300 caring, dedicated employees proudly serve people with disabilities in 30 counties throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. Last year alone, we provided over 400,000 hours of direct-care services to more than 2,500 clients, enabling them to live more happily, more independently, and in control of the decisions that affect their lives.

Our Big Hearts and Unwavering Commitment Haven’t Gone Unnoticed

Recognized as one of the leading human services providers in Pennsylvania, we take our commitment to improving people’s lives very seriously—continually creating new and better ways to make a difference; balancing our mission focus with our business focus, so we can help more people with more services.

Thanks to innovative spirit of our employees, UDS was recognized by the Central Penn Business Journal as one of the region’s most innovative nonprofit organizations. Most recently, UDS received the Samaritan Counseling Center’s annual “Ethics in Business Award.”

Additionally, the UDS Foundation personal care division, Independent Living Services, is a certified medical assistance provider licensed by the State of Pennsylvania, and UDS Accessible Home Modifications is an accepted builder in the Department of Veterans Affairs Home Loan Guaranty Program.

UDS Service Dog with Handicapped Woman