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Easterseals UCP is a non-profit affiliate with Easterseals that provides interventions and services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using an evidenced-based approach that is grounded in applied behavior analysis (ABA). They are affiliated with both Easterseals, Inc. and United Cerebral Palsy Inc.

They are committed to the professional development of staff, including: clarifying roles and expectations; attaching levels to specific competencies; teaching skills in sequence to maximize generalization and maintenance across consumers and settings; evaluating progress regularly; creating path for competency and growth; and build career paths.

Their strategy is to build in-house autism expertise grounded in ABA; develop regional programs for ABA services; and elevate autism “know-how” across all services. Their purpose is “to provide meaningful and exceptional services so that children, adults, and families living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work, and play in their community.”

Employees & Individuals Served

Easterseals UCP has 2,500 staff members, as well as 1,000 volunteers. They serve 22,000 individuals with autism and their families.

Service Area

Headquatered in Raleigh, North Carolina, Easterseals UCP provides services at 150 total locations across North Carolina and Virginia.

Service Lines

Easterseals UCP provides nine million annual hours in services that include assertive community treatment (ACT), autism services, and individual and community services (ICS).

  • ACT—ACT services are a full spectrum of long-term and community-based treatment model for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Autism—Easterseals UCP provides high-quality, individualized behavior analytic services to people living with ASD.
  • ICS—ICS supports individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) by providing one-to-one services uniquely tailored to their needs to acquire and maintain daily living skills.

Financial Highlights

In 2018, Easterseals UCP had $78.1 million in revenue and $77.9 million in expenses. Overall, the organization ended the year with a $138,837 surplus and net assets of $2.9 million. Comparatively, in 2017, Easterseals UCP had $76.4 million in revenue and net assets of $1.7 million.

Organizational Highlights

  • Easterseals of North Carolina and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of North Carolina merged in 2004; this was followed by a merger with Easterseals Virginia in 2010.
  • In 2018, 90.5% of funds were dedicated to program services and general operating expenses were around 9.5%
  • Easterseals UCP and Capitol Broadcasting (WRAL-TV) kicked off their “be the thread” campaign focused on educating the public about people living with disabilities and mental illness.

Key Executives

  • Luanne Welch, President & Chief Executive Officer
  • James J. Hilty, CPA, CGMA, Chief Financial Officer
  • Bryant Edgerton, Vice President, I/DD Services
  • Leigh Elrod, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Kathy K. Edgerton, Chief Communications Officer

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