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INDIAN ACADEMY OF CEREBRAL PALSY

 

The Indian academy of cerebral palsy is a national body consisting of pioneers drawn from different regions and specialties across the country. With decades of work behind them, they share a common futuristic vision to contribute to the welfare of persons with cerebral palsy and related neuro developmental disabilities and their families at all socio ecological levels. Its formation was made possible mainly due to the sincere efforts of Dr.Anirudh K Purohit.

In fact it is dream cum true of the first founder president Late Dr.Perin K Mulla Feroze, the dynamic lady orthopedic surgeon who spent her whole life running the cerebral palsy wing of children’s orthopedic hospital, Haji Ali, Mumbai. This institution was the first multidisciplinary service provider for children with cerebral palsy in India. Dr.Mulla Feroze was a fire brand inspirational leader in the field who used to describe herself as a battle scarred veteran in the fight against cerebral palsy. The Indian Academy of cerebral palsy  was inaugurated officially at Mumbai during the Asia Pacific childhood Disability Update held in December 2005 and we were privileged to have Dr.M.S.Mahadevaiah Developmental pediatrician, Spastic society, Karnataka, as the First president of the organization. He is the pioneer to have started teaching developmental pediatrics at Bangalore after returning from USA.

The first annual conference was held at Hyderabad during Nov 2006 under the  leadership of the General Secretary Dr.Anirudh K Purohit with the theme of “Spasticity Management”. The second annual conference was held at Bangalore during Nov 2007with the theme “Infancy to Adulthood” under guidance of the President Dr.M S Mahadeviah  & Mrs.Rukmini Krishnaswamy of  Spastic Society of Karnataka. The third annual conference was held at Nagpur in collaboration with NKP Salve Institute Of Medical Sciences during Nov 2008 with the theme “ From Intention To Action- Family Centered Services” under the leadership of Dr.Vittal Rao Dange of NKPSIMS and Dr.G.Shashikala, Asso. General Seretary of IACP. During this conference we had the distinguished presence of Prof. Peter L Rosenbaum of McMaster University, Canada as a guest teacher and a mentor.

The new body under the leadership of Dr.Ashok N Johari as President was unanimously elected during the GBM held at Nagpur Conference for a period of three years. During these four years, bi annual news letters of the academy have been published with enlightening scientific articles both for professionals and parents along with the details of the various activities under taken. The academy also has a web site www.iacp.co.in which has all the related information of the academy and the activities The aims and future plans of the academy are detailed in this brochure. We call upon all developmental health & rehabilitation professionals, organizations and parents of differently abled persons to join hands with us for achieving the welfare of persons with disability across life span at all levels.   

 

WHO SHOULD JOIN IACP AND WHY

IACP provides a platform for interaction, networking, participating in nation wide on going education, research, community initiatives and advocacy efforts apart from learning the latest advances in the field of Developmental Sciences via conferences, Continuing Education Programs, publications and projects for members drawn from all specialties of Medicine, Therapy, Rehabilitation, Special Education, Psychology, Mainstream Education & Medico Social Work.

It also provides collaborative opportunities for administrators and policy makers working for the welfare of the differently abled persons. It is a unique platform for parents, persons with different abilities, NGO & parent organizations to propel this welfare movement forward by active collaboration and participation.

All members can benefit from exposure to State Of The Art advances in the field, guidance from National & International experts to - Learn better developmental care practices, Re learn some of the everlasting scientific truths and Un learn myths and dogmas rampant in the field.

Parents, professionals and organizations will have opportunities to learn leadership skills and participate in decision making of policy issues relevant to the specialties at various levels.
 

FUTURE PLANS

 
  • To work for uniformity in the quality of developmental services across the country.
  • To develop Centers of Excellence for Fellowship Training.
  • To formulate protocols, practice guidelines & consensus on various medical, therapy & educational needs.
  • To develop modules of multi center studies and felt need research projects.
  • To work towards affiliation to International bodies working in the field.
  • To work for the improvement of existing professional course curricula required to  enhance necessary skills for providing optimal quality of life span care to persons with different abilities.
  • To bring about necessary publications of text books, journals, information booklets to meet the above needs.    
 
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