d recognition as one of the leading human services providers in Pennsylvania, the regions most innovative nonprofit organizations by the Central Penn Business Journal, Ethics in Business award from the annual Samaritan Counseling Center, license and certification of medical assistance, and acceptance of UDS Accessible Home Modifications in the Department of Veterans Affairs Home Loan Guaranty Program. Due to the stability and good reputation of the organization, UDS could be of great help in caring for family or parents with disabled member.
To aid in reviewing a good organization that deals with people with disabilities, Boyce et al. (2002) identify structure of governance and membership as the key characteristics of an organization advocating for people with disabilities (p. 140). UDS is an organization made up of other organizations including corporate partners, community partners, energy partner, event partners, UDS service dog partners, workplace giving partner, and media partners (UDS, 2012, n.p.). A number of partner organizations not only sustain the programs and services of the main organization such as UDS but could also help people with disabilities to link with the community and be provided with equal opportunities. However, one of the disadvantages of this type of structure is conflict with other consumer-oriented organizations as memberships are exclusively of professionals.
Another factor to review is the expertise of the staff and the program. UDS has knowledgeable, experienced, compassionate, and highly-skilled professional care managers who can provide personalized guidance and planning, create and implement an independent living plan, help determine if financial assistance is available, and guide people with disabilities’ progress. In addition, UDS has Independent Living Resource Center that aids in finding information, products, services and programs needed for people with disabilities. Despite a number of experts and programs available, ...Show more