We held our seventh annual Cerebral Palsy Conference on 1 October 2020. This was our first online conference, and you can watch recordings from the day below. The conference is Scotland’s only annual event focussing on cerebral palsy. It’s for all those with experience of CP – either directly, through family or professionally.
Stephanie Fraser, CEO, Cerebral Palsy Scotland
Ruth Kelliher, Partner, Digby Brown Solicitors
09.50-10.35: Lockdown and beyond: experiences of the cerebral palsy community
Presenter: Stephanie Fraser, CEO, Cerebral Palsy Scotland
Contributor: Tressa Burke, CEO, Glasgow Disability Alliance
Stephanie will present findings from two surveys that Cerebral Palsy Scotland conducted with the cerebral palsy community, one during lockdown and one post-lockdown. The discussion will focus on how these findings could and should be used to better support people with CP and their families now and in the future.
10.50-11.00: How Bobath therapy can help people with cerebral palsy (pre-recorded)
Presenters: Cerebral Palsy Scotland
11.00-11.40: Experiences of education – a discussion session led by parent-carers
Host: Paul Morris
Panellists: Jennifer Rutherford, Carolyn Johnstone and Jennifer Cassidy
Parents of children with cerebral palsy will discuss their experiences of education and share their top tips and advice on how to navigate this world.
11.50-12.05: How iPads can be used to support individuals with communication difficulties
Presenter: Gillian McNeill, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, CALL Scotland
How iPads can be used to support individuals with communication difficulties, with guidance on different communication app features and approaches to app selection. It is aimed at anyone with an interest or involvement in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and how this can support communication needs, i.e. individuals, parents/families, carers and professionals.
12.10-13.00: Employment: barriers, experiences and opportunities for change
Host: Michael McEwan, freelance journalist
Panellists: Jackie Maciera, Elaine Boyd, Ross Milvenan (Digby Brown Solicitors), and representative from Enable Scotland
13.10-13.20: Launching the CP UK Coalition (pre-recorded)
Q and A with Amanda Richardson (CEO, Action Cerebral Palsy) and Jonathan Badger (The William Little Foundation)
14.00-14.40: Mental health and cerebral palsy
Presenter: Dr Joy Nisbet
14.50-15.00: Opportunities for people with cerebral palsy to get active
Presenter: Lynne Glen, Pathways Manager, Scottish Disability Sport
15.05-15.50: Exploring advantages and limitations of video consultations and lessons learnt so far
Presenter: Catherina Van Der Walt, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, Cerebral Palsy Cymru
Overview: This presentation will focus on the many lessons learnt on the journey of video consultations thus far; based on the available evidence in published literature, guidance from professional organisations, personal experience and valuable information gained from colleagues worldwide.
15.50-16.00: Closing Remarks