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It makes therapy possible and makes it fun

Cerebral palsy is a complex disability that impacts people’s lives in various ways but it commonly affects strength, movement and posture. As the most common physical disability in childhood, 34,000 people in Australia and 17 million worldwide live with cerebral palsy.

Parents who have children diagnosed with cerebral palsy can often feel overwhelmed when it comes to diagnosis, treatments, and appropriate therapies for physical development.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) has been operating for almost 75 years and helps families overcome these feelings. CPA provides family-centred therapies, life skills programs, equipment and support for loved ones living with cerebral palsy or other neurological and physical disabilities. CPA was started by parents of children living with the condition to ensure their children could gain access to an education and to specialist therapy services.

CPA is the oldest organisation of its kind in the world, and its centres and services make it invaluable to the cerebral palsy community, particularly in regional areas where specialised care is not always easily accessible. Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation supports CPA because of its life-changing programs that enable treatment for clients in regional areas. With a focus on new technology, our 10-year partnership gives families access to leading concepts in therapy that might only be otherwise available in major cities. Children can maintain or increase development in the important early years and families are not forced to travel far from home to seek the best care for their child.

Most recently we’ve helped bring the groundbreaking Magic Carpet – an innovative projection technology that helps improve physical and cognitive functions via an interactive video carpet – to regional centres spanning Newcastle, Port Macquarie, the Central Coast, Dubbo and the Northern Rivers.

For six-year-old Eadie Ross, the Magic Carpet provides a controlled environment to build strength, skills and balance, but also incorporates the excitement of interactive games and patterns; and even her big sister, Ruby, can join in a therapy session.

Eadie’s therapist, Anna Mills said “The Magic Carpet therapy challenges her balance but she never hesitates to get back up. This technology makes therapy possible, and it makes it fun”.

About Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides family-centred therapies, life skills programs, equipment and support for people and their families living with cerebral palsy and other neurological and physical disabilities.

At Cerebral Palsy Alliance our priority is to help babies, children, teenagers and adults living with neurological and physical disabilities lead the most comfortable, independent and inclusive lives possible. Our therapy teams work with individuals and families to maximise their participation in the community.