OPEN LEARNING SYSTEMS (OLS) has been working for the care, protection, education and rehabilitation of children/persons with autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities, protection of rights of the children and women in Odisha since 1987 based in Bhubaneswar. OLS is the Centre for Special Education for Children with Cerebral Palsy and offers a Diploma course in Special Education in Cerebral Palsy with the support of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India. OLS runs a day care Centre for their education, training, and rehabilitation of children/persons with disability for nearly 250 students. There is also a residential care unit accommodating 41 children who have no family support and hence OLS will support them throughout their life.

ABOUT WORLD CEREBRAL Palsy (CP) DAY:Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong disability that affects movement and intellectual capability, which is the most common physical disability in childhood. Its impact can range from a weakness in one hand, to almost a complete lack of voluntary movement. It is a very common motor disorder that makes life extremely difficult for those living with it. While there is no permanent cure for the disorder, some efforts can be made to improve the quality of life of people suffering from it.

World Cerebral Palsy day is an initiative to make people living with the disorder feel normal yet special as also it is an effort to make other people aware of their conditions. More than an awareness day, the project aims to gather ideas from people with cerebral palsy and their supporters, and make the best of those ideas a reality. We need to make the world more sensitive to their needs and conditions and encourage them. Sensitivity comes with awareness and the latter is something which needs to be generated.

World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day is an innovation project that was launched in 2012 by Cerebral Palsy Alliance (Australia) and UCP – United Cerebral Palsy (USA), with the support of cerebral palsy service organizations from 28 countries. This day brings together the disability and innovation communities to create a brighter future for 17 million people with cerebral palsy (in India alone; there are more than 2.5 million affected individuals). Launched in 2012, World CP Day is the first worldwide campaign that empowers people with a cerebral palsy to have a voice about changing their world. The ‘day’ is on the 1st Wednesday in October –1st 2014 – but the project cycle spans the entire year.

WORLD CEREBRAL Palsy (CP) DAY CELEBRATION BY OLS: As a part of its own mandate to create awareness about various forms of disabilities and management of the same, OLS celebrated the World Cerebral Palsy Day on 1st October 2014

This year we decided to sensitise the Awnganwadi worker and Asha workers. Though they work there grass root level of child development. We sensitise them about early identification and intervention of Cerebral Palsy. The ICDS Workers ASHA and SHG group leaders took part with interactive ways.

OPEN HOUSE FORUM: A. Meeting was also organized on the same day. This was an open house discussion, during which many shared their feelings and discussed about the improvement of their children. Ms.Snehanjali Mohanty, Member. of State Women Commission Bhubaneswar. Was the Chief Guest of this meeting. She was kind enough to share few wards.  Ms.Bidyut Singhdeo also delighted to the participants that all should be very much vigilant during the time of prenatal, natal and post natal period of pregnancy.  She also stated that Cerebral Palsy is not a disease; it is a Condition of a child.Mrs lilubala Mahapatra and Mr Harekrushna Rout discussed how we assess the condition and Management of the child with Cerebral Palsy in Early stages of Child development.

LUNCH FEAST: Lastly there was Tiffin arrangement for all participates, teachers, guests,        parents and visitors in the OLS premises.

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