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PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WILL HAVE GREATER ACCESS TO WHEELCHAIRS BECAUSE OF A $2.2 MILLION GRANT FROM USAID TO UCP WHEELS FOR HUMANITY’S PROJECT CLASP

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 13, 2014) – UCP Wheels for Humanity (UCP Wheels) has received a $2.2 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and JSI Research & Training Institute to support Project CLASP, a project which will improve and streamline the supply-chain for wheelchairs worldwide and supply over 15,000 wheelchairs to those in need around the world.

CLASP (Consolidating Logistics for Assistive Technology Supply & Provision) is a two-year project in collaboration with ten international partners in Indonesia, Philippines, Georgia, Romania, Nicaragua, El Salvador & several other nations to improve the quality, selection and volume of wheelchairs provided in each country. In partnership with supply-chain experts Jones Lang LaSalle, UCP Wheels will consolidate inventory from five international manufacturers in a single hub, so that a variety of locally appropriate wheelchairs can be acquired from a single location.

“Project CLASP addresses a serious barrier confronting the wheelchair industry which leads to people with disabilities worldwide not receiving wheelchairs that meet their personal needs,” says UCP Wheels Chief Executive Officer, Ronald S. Cohen, Ph.D. “This project will allow UCP Wheels and other organizations to give the life-changing gift of mobility to more people in need, more efficiently.”

About UCP Wheels for Humanity

A subsidiary of United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties, UCP Wheels for Humanity was founded in 1996 to increase access to mobility for children and adults with physical disabilities who live in developing countries. UCP Wheels provides appropriately fitted wheelchairs and quality of life services to more than 6,000 individuals each year and acts as an advocate and capacity-building partner to local organizations, creating sustainable, community-based systems that support long-term change. For more information, please visit www.UCPWheels.org.

About United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA)

UCPLA operates over 40 program sites throughout five counties in Southern California and has extended its mission to serve all people with developmental disabilities. These programs include adult day activity centers, children’s programs, community living support services, group homes and independent living apartments. UCPLA provides services to over 1100 children and adults with developmental disabilities daily. For more information on UCPLA visit our website at: www.ucpla.org or Facebook page at facebook.com/ucpla.

Press Contact

Anthony Ortiz-Luis
Director of Development
Tel: 818-255-0100 Ext. 224
aortizluis@ucpwheels.org

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