History

Cerebral Palsy Greece was founded in 1972 in response to a pressing need for the care of people suffering from cerebral palsy, in Greece.

CPG never isolated itself, nor the people in its care. On the contrary, it has sought to raise the barriers and build the bridges that will ensure that disabled people are incorporated into the normal society of their fellow-men and women.

To this day, it is this spirit that governs all of CPG’s activities, which aim at:

• providing systematic services to children and adults with cerebral palsy, and ongoing support for their families;

• promoting the principle of acceptance for every person, both by his/her family and by society as a whole;

• training and further education for specialist staff;

• raising public awareness;

• encouraging scientific research, particularly in the field of prevention;

• promoting legislative and government measures in favour of disabled people.

The acquisition of our own premises, which for over 30 years seemed an impossible dream, suddenly became feasible thanks to the significant donation made by the Lilian Voudouri Foundation and the success of the TV-Marathon organised by Mega Channel in 1996. In addition to the large number of friends who responded to our appeal, we received some support from the Ministry of Health & Welfare, while the Stavros Niarchos Foundation was among our major benefactors; many other foundations, societies, associations and private individuals also contributed generously.

Thus, with the help of all our friends, we were finally able to "open our door".

H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Constantine Stephanopoulos, inaugurated the Open Door Centre on December 12, 2001.

More than 4.000 families have received the support of the Society over the years, and at least 240 persons of all ages, attend the Open Door Centre’s programmes every day.