OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The Unification of Disabled Latin Americans, U.D.L.A is a non-profit organization. Founded in 1974 by and for physically challenged individuals. The main goal of U.D.L.A is to dedicate and commit to improving the quality of life for those individuals with disabilities. Creating a safe place and being a platform for those to gain their self-esteem to be productive members of society. In keeping with our mission, all of our U.D.L.A staff are disabled people of all types.
WHY DOES U.D.L.A EXIST AND WHOM DOES IT EXIST FOR?
For the 47 years U.D.L.A has been instrumental in providing quality services to approximately 30.000 individuals annually. We provide services for disabled individuals of all types and non-disabled individuals of LA County, including children, youth and senior citizens. Also, one of our main purposes is to unite all of the ethnic groups in our communities; So they may work together as good neighbors throughout many community events beneficial to all Los Angeles County residents.
HOW AND WHAT DOES U.D.L.A. SERVE TO THE COMUNITY?
Yearly, the U.D.L.A. reaches out and offers forms of assistance to thousands of disabled individuals and their families, many which are from low income homes and have not been receiving the benefits of social services in the United States of America.
SOME OF THE DELIVERABLE SERVICES PROVIDED BY U.D.L.A. TO THE COMMUNITY ARE:
- Rehabilitation: Individual and group counseling to help people come to terms with their disabilities.
- Support: Groups for physically challenged individuals and parents of special needs children.
- Job: Training and placement catered to the physically challenged.
- Activity: Sports such as Wheelchair Basketball, Hockey, and Marathon Runners as a tool of rehabilitation for disabled athletes.
- Donation: Of orthopedic equipment, food and toys, campaign to help the children in need with backpacks and school supplies.
- Social and Cultural Programs: Graffiti Clean-up activities organized to erase the harmful/ remains of graffiti within the Los Angeles County.
- Crime and Prevention: Peaceful Marches Again Crime and Drugs organized in a way to increase awareness of violent crimes in the Los Angeles County.
- Speaking forums: Participation in public speaking at community events to raise awareness about the needs of disabled individuals.
- Neighborhood Watch: Organized and active neighborhood watch programs in our community.