Children’s Cerebral Palsy Movement

Our Mission:

The mission of the Children’s Cerebral Palsy Movement is to improve the quality of life and future outcomes of children with Cerebral Palsy. Beginning with the successful design, funding, and implementation of an innovative therapeutic dance pilot study, we are expanding our mission to design and implement new programs rooted in research and scientific knowledge that are geared at bringing families out of isolation and into community. Our passion is to provide impacted families emotional, social, and academic support, as well as important resources designed to enhance knowledge and decision-making ability for the child’s long-term benefit.

Our Inspiration:

Research shows that adult stroke victims can recover from brain injuries, so why not children who have experienced brain injuries, too? We believe that with early intervention and a whole-body approach to healing, children with Cerebral Palsy can achieve great improvements in their quality of life and long-term function. We felt so strongly about this that we envisioned, designed, funded and implemented a successful therapeutic pilot study aimed at improving the cognitive and physical functioning of children with CP, who had an inherent desire to learn to dance ballet. The result was the birth of Ability Ballet! But wait, there’s more!


With our therapeutic dance pilot study now behind us, we are on a mission to create programs for both children and their caregivers because we believe it’s essential to not only address the physical development needs of children with CP, but to also provide a support system for the entire family.


The future is not what it used to be.
– Dr. Karen Pape

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