Who cares

Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door cares and continues to be the only private-sector organization in Greece that offers such a wide range of innovatory and organized programs that exclusively serve children, adolescents and adults with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door has always been a pioneer and not a single year has passed without including a new step, a new initiative that served a wide range of ages and needs, as well as people with severe and complex disabilities -deriving from cerebral palsy- who would otherwise have remained marginalized.

We always look into possible gaps in services and programs, so that by filling them, the person with cerebral palsy can live a more complete life. Driven by that, Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door started the first Entertainment Groups for children with cerebral palsy, the first Seminary for children who can't go to high school, the first Respite Home for Temporary Care and a long list of programs for adults, in times when everyone was talking about "spastic children". Apart from the above, Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door started the first art activities for people with and without disabilities in Greece and many epochal experiential art seminars.

Of course, not all gaps have been filled and the problems faced by people with cerebral palsy in our country remain intense. Neither the Welfare State nor private initiatives have covered all the needs, while the progress of science creates new challenges every day.

With regard to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), in the broader area of Athens, there are four other recognized organizations that serve people with physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy. Out of these four, only one NGO, besides Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door, carries programs for adults with cerebral palsy and none of them provides programs for adults with severe and complex disabilities.

So, more people need to care.