Lending the Lesser-abled a Hand

loading With inspirational sayings looking down on the corridors, CPCAP looks a lot like any other school in the country.

The learning centre of the Cerebral Palsy (Spastic) Children’s Association of Penang is a boon to patients and parents alike.

The Cerebral Palsy (Spastic) Children’s Association of Penang (CPCAP), which turns 56 this year, houses a fully functioning school that prepares children with cerebral palsy to enter mainstream schools and educates those who are not yet able to do so.

Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive disorder that primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination. It stems from damage to a child’s brain while the brain is developing, either before, during or immediately after birth. The severity of the disorder depends on both the type and timing of the injury to the brain, and thus, is unique to each individual suffering from it. As a result, cerebral palsy cases can differ widely, though most people tend to associate cerebral palsy with its most extreme cases of widespread paralysis and tremors.

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