Cerebral Palsy Alliance
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Every 15 hours, an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy. It is the most common physical disability in childhood. There is currently no cure and, for most people, the cause is unknown. Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the developing brain, usually during pregnancy. People with cerebral palsy may have seizures and other impairments affecting their speech, vision, hearing and/or intellect as well as the challenges they face with mobility and movement.
Founded by Neil and Audrie McLeod in 1945, Cerebral Palsy Alliance has a 67 year history of providing services and support to people with cerebral palsy (CP) and other disabilities. All our work aims to help people with cerebral palsy to achieve independence and live as full a life as possible. We were the first organisation of our kind in the world and our mission of building futures for people with CP remains as strong today as it was when the organisation was founded.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance (formerly known as The Spastic Centre) provides disability services to over 4,000 babies, children and adults with CP and their families every year. We operate from 55 sites throughout NSW and ACT. We have 1,100 staff (200 based at Allambie Heights) and over 2,500 amazing volunteers who work with us every year in supporting people with cerebral palsy and their families.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance also focuses on the causes and prevention of cerebral palsy through our research programs in Australia and internationally. We are a unique organisation as we work locally to deliver life changing therapy and support services for children, adults and families today, as well as nationally and internationally to drive the push for greater research into the causes and a cure for CP that will benefit future generations.
To read a recent Donate Planet article about the Cerebral Palsy cause, click here
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