The lack of awareness and social stigma associated with Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Disorders lead to children and youth with such conditions having to lead a life of isolation and marginalisation, particularly in the absence of a national level programme to facilitate the integration of such groups into mainstream society by way of early intervention, special education, therapy and family training /counselling. Having identified this serious vacuum, the Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation (MJFCF) spearheaded the task of establishing the National Centre for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Disorders (NCCPDD) and National Registry, to build a better understanding of these conditions, and thereby alleviate the pain of those shunned and the neglected; to give them a chance to lead a dignified life free of marginalisation and social stigmatisation. The MJFCF run Moratuwa Centre already provides care for those with Cerebral Palsy conditions attached to its Rainbow Centre initiative and the newly set up NCCPDD will reach out to a wider community, making a tangible difference in the lives of those with special needs.

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