Cerebral Palsy

Speakers



Ria Cuppers

Free Academic Staff Member, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Ria Cuppers

Pediatric physiotherapist working since 1984. As clinical worker I was highly interested in evidence-based information on interventions in children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders.

Bobath therapist since 1998 and following several advanced Bobath courses. Basic gait course in 2002 and advanced courses every 3 years. Involved as pediatric physiotherapist in an inclusive daycare (www.villaclementina.be) since 2013.

Co-developer of an innovative walking aid -named Hibbot –in a multidisciplinary team.

Since 2018, medical advisor for the company Madeformovement (www.madeformovement.com) with special focus on evidence based knowledge on the use of gait assistive devices and study on evidence based clinical value of the Hibbot.


Grant Douglas MBE

CEO, S'up Products Ltd

Grant Douglas

Grant has a degree in computer science and has previously worked in various organisations seeking to achieve equality for disabled people in housing, voting and health. He presently develops and maintains websites and databases as well as providing IT support for Enquire: the national advice service for additional support for learning which is managed by Children in Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.

Grant was awarded the MBE for services to disabled people in 2018 as a result of developing the S’up spoon. Recently, he was named a V&A Dundee Design Champion, recognising his creativity and commitment to giving people with limited motor control greater freedom to enjoy food.




Dawn Forbes MCSP

Bobath Clinical Expert Physiotherapist and Lead for Clinical Effectiveness, Bobath Wales

Dawn Forbes

Dawn graduated from Cardiff University Hospital of Wales in 1983 and worked in the NHS for eleven years initially specialising in adult neurology after which she expanded her practice to include paediatric neurology. Dawn then worked in Kenya, teaching and treating children and adults from all backgrounds with neurological conditions. Dawn has been key in driving and monitoring the centre in its use of Goal Attainment Scaling in conjunction with the ICF which together informs, guides and measures therapeutic interventions at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales (BCTCW). She also initiated the use of Patient Stories and values the specific insight these provide into the patient’s perspective. Dawn is a proponent for using these tools to influence the delivery of complex transdisciplinary services. Dawn is honorary tutor at Cardiff University and takes part in teaching activities within and outside of BCTCW. She has presented at several national and international conferences.



Stephanie Fraser

CEO, Bobath Scotland

Stephanie Fraser

Stephanie Fraser has been Chief Executive of Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Centre since 2012. She is also Deputy Chair of the Scottish Government’s National Neurological Advisory Group and is part of the team that is leading on writing Scotland’s first National Action Plan for Neurological Conditions. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Neurological Alliance of Scotland and a Board Member of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).





Robert Gale

Artistic Director, Birds of Paradise Theatre Company

Robert Gale

Robert is an established figure in the Scottish arts scene, with over ten years of experience in diverse roles including disability rights activist, actor and performer, writer, artistic director and advocate of equality of access to the arts for disabled people. Robert has appeared in many productions and has developed his own artistic practice – including instigating, co-writing and performing in ‘Girl X’ for the National Theatre of Scotland, directed by Pol Heyvaert of Belgium’s Campo. His award-winning writing debut and solo performance – ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’ – was a hit of the 2013 Made in Scotland programme and has subsequently toured internationally to countries including Brazil and India. Robert joined Birds of Paradise Theatre Company as Artistic Director in November 2012.





Madison Garland

Boccia Development Officer, Scottish Disability Sport

Madison Garland

Boccia is a target sport in which the players propel their ball towards the target ball (Jack). The aim of the game is that the player with their boccia balls closest to the Jack ball win the points. The game can be played as an individual, in a pair or as a team. Boccia is a fast paced, exciting sport. During your taster you will have the opportunity to try many different activities relating to boccia as well as a small game.




Sue Grant

Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence, Digby Brown Solicitors

Sue Grant

Sue is a graduate of Aberdeen University and joined Digby Brown in 1998. She is a litigation partner and heads up the Clinical Negligence Department. She was appointed member of the Executive Management Board of the firm between 2008 and August 2013. She has more than 20 years experience in personal injury and clinical negligence litigation and is a Law Society of Scotland Accredited Specialist in clinical negligence. She is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is an accredited Senior Litigator. Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession ranks Sue as band one 'Leader in their Field' under Clinical Negligence. In addition, Sue specialises in adoption and is Chair of BAAF Scottish Legal Group and legal adviser to the Scottish Adoption Association.



Claire Harrison

Development Officer, CALL Scotland

Claire Harrison

Claire Harrison taught children with Additional Support Needs for 17 years in schools in London, Angus, Dundee and Fife. Since 2017 she has worked at CALL Scotland as an ‘Assistive Technology and Complex Needs Development Officer.








Jack Hunter

Performer and Writer

Jack Hunter

Jack graduated from the BA (Hons) Drama and Performance at Queen Margaret University. Most recently Jack appeared in Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize winning Cost Of Living (2019) at the Hampstead Theatre. Other theatre credits include: All You Need Is LSD ( Birmingham Rep/ UK tour) and Let Me Play The Lion Too (Barbican Centre). Both subsequent productions have been co produced with Told By An Idiot. Jack has worked with Birds of Paradise Theatre Company (BOP) as part of the Youth Art Consultant team for the last two years. Within in this time he has helped deliver BOP’s Disability Equality Training programme and has carried out access audits on respective arts organisations. Most notably he appeared in the film You’ve Got To Be Ballsy (Supported by National Theatre of Scotland & Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Centre).




Jan Kerr

Secretary, Homelands Trust – Fife

Jan Kerr

Jan started her career teaching PE, then went on to teach children with profound learning disabilities, after a short career break to have a family. She left teaching in 2001 after being diagnosed with M.E.

She has served on the board of a number of disability charities, including Forth & Tay Disabled Ramblers, MS Society Fife, Fife Shopmobility, and Homelands Trust-Fife. She is the trust’s secretary and a volunteer in the charity’s Paxton Centre. She recently been appointed as a director of Shared Care Scotland. She was one of the founding members of FTDR, a rambling group for wheelchair and mobility scooter users. For many years, she chaired the group, and organised short breaks and holidays around Scotland and the north of England for group members.




Sandra Mackay

Occupational Therapist, Bobath Scotland

Sandra Mackay

Sandra is one of the Bobath Scotland’s Therapy Team. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1999 and initially worked with adults before joining the Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service at the Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children in 2000. Throughout this post she worked within different special schools, predominantly with children and young people who had Cerebral Palsy or another neurological conditions. Sandra joined the Bobath team in January 2009. She has a keen interest in supporting children to play and learn using their hands/vision and getting teenagers and adults busy in the kitchen.





Claire McMillan

Speech & Language Therapist, Bobath Scotland

Claire McMillan

Claire qualified as a speech & language therapist from the University of Strathclyde in 1998. She worked with children in clinics, special schools and nurseries in Lanarkshire from 1998 – 2002. In early 2002 she left to spend some time in Tunisia working as a speech & language therapist with a charity, working alongside and training local educators and therapists, especially in the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems. She began working at Bobath Scotland shortly after she returned from Tunisia in November 2004. Claire enjoys working with children to maximise their communication abilities through using Augmentative and Alternative communication, and loves when the Bobath Babies come to play on Thursdays.





Ross Milvenan

Associate, Digby Brown Solicitors

Ross Milvenan

Ross joined the Digby Brown Glasgow office in 2010 and is a specialist employment law solicitor and head of the employment department who operate from offices throughout Scotland.

Ross provides advice and representation to clients on all areas of employment law where issues arise. He is regularly instructed to act for senior executives in relation to negotiated exits, settlement agreements, redundancy and restructuring. He represents clients through the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal proceedings.This includes claims challenging unfair dismissal, constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination due to disability, sex, pregnancy, age and race.





Rikke Moen

Medical Manager, Made for Movement Group AS

Rikke Moen

Pediatric physiotherapist since 1999. Worked as a clinical therapist until 2008. From 2008 and until today I’m working as a medical manager at Made for Movement Group in Norway. I’m responsible for research and involved in development of new devices. Over the years I have been attending and speaking at national and international conference. I’m at the moment conduction a Master degree at the Metropolitan University in Oslo. My mission is to ensure that everybody, regardless of mobility problems, should be able to experience the joy and health benefits of physical activity.





Dr Joy Nisbet

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Joy Nisbet

Over the past year and a half, I have had the pleasure of working alongside inspiring staff and service users at Bobath Scotland to consider how psychologically informed practices can further help in promoting overall wellbeing. I qualified as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, at the University of Glasgow, in 2001. Before this I studied Applied Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, where I obtained a BSc (Hons). Since qualifying, I have worked with individuals across the lifespan, specialising in working with children, young people and their families. I currently hold the Clinical Tutor position supporting the University of Edinburgh MSc in Psychological Therapies course. I divide my work roles between NHS and independent practice and have a particular keenness in considering the strengths of multiagency collaborations for the benefit of service users.





David Reilly

Internet Writer and Film Maker

David Reilly

I was born with Cerebral Palsy and never let my disability prevent me from participating in outdoor pursuits. Now through writing and making films for the internet I share my experience and hope to motivate and inspire others

Despite having degrees in Molecular Biology, I have always found it difficult to secure employment opportunities. After a period of acute mental health difficulties in 2014, I decided to find what it was could make me happy again. That turned out to be outdoor sport. Since that time I have cycled all over Scotland, skied many times in Europe and spent lots of time camping and cycling in the outdoors. Through sponsorship I have a gym membership where I train several times a week. Going to the gym keeps my mind and body healthy which allows me to do outdoor sports. I feel fantastic and want to spread the word that sport, exercise, and healthy living can improve your life so much.



Dr Sonali Shah

Reseach Fellow, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham

Sonali Shah

Dr Shah leads a qualitative study to explore UK healthcare of women with Cerebral Palsy across the female life cycle, from puberty to menopause. The purpose is to address the gap in existing understandings about growing older with Cerebral Palsy, and women’s health, and to highlight the health and healthcare experiences of disabled women in general, and women with CP in particular.

Dr Shah graduated with a PhD in Occupational Psychology and Disability at Loughborough University in 2002. Since then she has developed a series of innovative projects on disability issues, human rights and social change with universities in Nottingham, Leeds and Glasgow. She currently authors 13 journal articles and 4 books including Global Perspectives of Gender, Disability & Violence (2018); Disability & Social Change: Private Lives & Public Policies (2011); Career Success of Disabled High-flyers (2005); Young Disabled People: Aspirations, Choices and Constraints (2008).



Kenny Thoms

Director and Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist, Neuro Physio Scoland

Kenny Thoms

Kenny Thoms is a Neurological Physiotherapist with a keen interest in Rehabilitation Technology and how it can enhance the lives of people with neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy. He graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2000, and gained a diverse range of experiences within the NHS before starting Neuro Physio Scotland in 2011 in order to provide expert neuro-rehabilitation services to clients across Scotland. He now leads a team of over 20 highly skilled neurological physiotherapists and provides access to some of the latest rehabilitation technologies on the market.




Tracy Veck

Tracy Veck

Tracy shares a creative movement practice exploring how it feels to move. This practice began in 2015 at community events hosted by the dance department at Coventry University, and has continued in Glasgow, with monthly sessions at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall Street.

Tracy has cerebral palsy down her right side and arthritis in multiple places, these alongside depression and anxiety inform how her body moves. As much of life is about moving from a to b or doing particular tasks. Tracy is keen to explore the creativity of movement, giving our bodies time to feel, to become interested in our bodies and our movements.





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