History of United Rehabilitation Services

Marge and Jim Bristow embarked on a journey to find treatment options to help their daughter, Mary Carol, who was born with Cerebral Palsy in 1946.  They created a strong network of parents who faced the same challenges and were dedicated to advocating for their children. The Bristow’s were instrumental in founding the Dayton Chapter of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) in 1956 and laid the foundation for what is now United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton (URS).  Today, more than six decades later, Mary Carol still attends the Adult Services Program at URS.

For more than 60 years, URS has remained true to its mission and has grown from humble beginnings of serving a handful of families in a small house on Valley Street to thousands of individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities annually.  URS has established a continuum of care with full-day structured programs, offering a variety of goal-centered activities for every stage of life, from infancy through the senior years. We are intent upon addressing the needs and desires of the people we serve and their families. We follow a person-centered approach in all that we do and focus on what is important to, and for, each individual.


United Rehabilitation Services (URS) mission is “enhancing the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities or other special needs.”


URS will be Greater Dayton’s leader in providing specialized programs that enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities or other special needs. Our services will promote independence, community inclusion and support for families.


United Rehabilitation Services (URS) values are Excellence, Customer Focus, Integrity & Continuous Improvement

Marge Bristow, URS Founder, and her daughter Mary Carol

63rd Anniversary Gala Video

Newly Expanded Programs Video

Adult Services Programs Video

Tiffany’s Success Story Video