The Annual Conference of the National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy (CP) was held from 4-6 May 2015 at the Silver Star Casino in Krugersdorp, Gauteng. During the three day Conference, hosted by West Rand School and West Rand Association for People with Disabilities (APD), a variety of speakers presented some excellent and thought provoking sessions.

This year’s theme, “Cerebral Palsy across the Lifespan” aimed at informing the delegates about the different life stages of a person with Cerebral Palsy and aspects influencing the functioning of persons with CP in these different stages of their lives.

Many of the presenters re-iterated the need of communication and to bring back the fun factor when working with Cerebral Palsied children and adults. They spoke about adapting everyday activities to best suit their individual needs.

According to Claus Dittmer, conference coordinator, the presenters offered excellent content. “The conference has raised awareness for people in different settings about the wide variety of problems the person with CP encounters and of course how to approach those problems. Delegates have really gone home after the conference with not only new theory, but with exceptional practical examples and tools to guide them in their different journeys they intend to walk with people with Cerebral Palsy.”

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