Get answers to FAQs about our organization.
Have questions about UDS Foundation? You’re in the right place! We’ve gathered some of our most frequently asked questions to help you learn who we are and how we can help you.
If you can’t find an answer to your question on our website, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
I need resources, but I don’t know where to start or what’s available. Can I talk to someone to discuss my needs?
The UDS Resource Center is here to answer all of your questions. We primarily support individuals looking for services in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania. If we don’t have an answer to your question, we’ll research it and get back to you.
We can connect you to a variety of resources, such as in-home personal care, home medical equipment, accessible home modifications, custom wheelchair seating, and service dogs. Additionally, we can guide you through understanding the resources available to you within the community.
Email us or call (888) 837-4235 to learn more.
Is there financial assistance available to help me get the resources I need?
We recognize that funding your services can be complicated and confusing, but we’re here to make it easier. Depending on your income level and the services you need, you may be eligible for financial assistance.
The State of Pennsylvania has several state-funded waiver programs that allow qualified individuals to receive services at little to no cost. If you’re only interested in modifications (such as accessible showers and wheelchair ramps) that allow you to stay safely in your home, you may qualify for other funding opportunities. For more information, visit our Financial Assistance page.
What services are available to help me live independently in my own home as I age?
Since slips and falls in the bathroom are a primary concern as we age, replacing a standard bathtub/shower with a low-barrier or no-threshold shower is often the first step in helping you live safely in your home. Well-positioned grab bars and shower seats may also be a good option to keep you safe.
For individuals who are having difficulty navigating steps, a power stair lift allows easy access to a second story or outside porch. We can provide a free, in-home safety inspection to help you understand your obstacles and make recommendations to help you overcome them.
You also may need home medical equipment, such as walkers, wheelchairs, and electric beds. We understand that you want to remain active as you age, and we can help recommend appropriate equipment that fits into your lifestyle.
We can also connect you with in-home personal care to help with things such as cooking, cleaning, toileting, running errands, medication reminders, and respite care.
How is UDS Foundation funded?
Many of the programs provided by UDSF are supported through state and federal funding. However, this only pays for a portion of what it actually costs to provide our services. We also rely on community support and are grateful to our corporate and individual sponsors and donors. 91 cents of every dollar donated goes directly toward supporting the services we provide.
What volunteer opportunities are available to support UDS Foundation?
There are many ways you can volunteer your time to support UDS Foundation. You can volunteer to participate at one of our annual fundraising events, such as the Holiday Gift Wrap Booth at Park City Center or our annual gala. You can also become a friend to the Service Dog program by volunteering as a Puppy Home or Puppy Pal.
Volunteering to be part of our Challenger Football and Cheerleading program is a great way to connect with youth with disabilities in our community. And we’re always looking for individuals to help us on our fundraising committee or to develop content for our website and social media.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, check out our Volunteer page.
Do you accept donations of equipment or other items?
We happily accept donations of new equipment, supplies, or services. You will receive an in-kind letter that you can use when filing your taxes that shows the value of your donation.
While we may occasionally be able to accept direct donations of used equipment (like stair lifts) that we previously installed, we aren’t able to take most used medical equipment. We do, however, partner with other organizations (like the VFW) that will refurbish used equipment and make it available for the community.
What United Disabilities Services Jobs are available?
UDS Foundation companies are hiring for a variety of open positions with a special emphasis on caregivers. You can find a list of career opportunities here.
What kind of help for people with disabilities does UDS offer?
UDS provides a wide range of services for people with disabilities, from in-home care and accessible home modifications to service dogs and care management services.
What entities are in the UDS Foundation?
United Disabilities Services, Accessing Independence, Independent Living Services, Adult Enrichment, Accessible Solutions Brokerage (ASB).