Monday, 18 December 2017
ICRF responds to the needs of families raising children with cerebral palsy

ICRF responds to the needs of families raising children with cerebral palsy

Impact Care Rehab Foundation (ICRF), an organisation that provides a home for children with cerebral palsy at no cost, has been opened at Kanda, a suburb of Accra.
Mrs Mildred Osei Asiamah, Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, said she was touched by the plight parents of children with cerebral palsy face in trying to find a school for their children.

“I noticed that most crèches or daycare centres do not accept children with cerebral palsy. I decided to start a foundation to help parents in this direction,” she said.
Mrs Osei-Asiamah said she got close to a child with cerebral palsy when her mother was sick and admitted at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
“I love children so I decided to research more about cerebral palsy and see how I can support the child. In my research, I realised that getting children with cerebral palsy into schools was a challenge for many parents so I decided to offer help in that direction.”
ICRF operates a free daycare centre, which allows parents to bring their children with cerebral palsy in the morning and pick them up in the evening.
The centre has a retired nurse and a physiotherapist who attends to the children, as well as a professional team that cares for children between the ages of one and five years.
Mrs Osei-Asiamah said: “We want to afford the career parent the opportunity to work, school and follow their dreams without stress.”
The foundation is also partnering the Special Mothers Project, an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy, to ensure that they were providing the right services.
Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Executive Director of the Special Mothers Project, who expressed excitement at the services the centre was providing, advised Mrs Osei-Asiamah to make the centre embrace all manner of children.
Mrs Awadzi said children learnt a lot by imitating their peers, and, therefore, urged the centre to also accept children who did not have special needs, to help those with cerebral palsy model right behaviour.

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