Corporate partners rally to help families access therapy online

Corporate partners rally to help families access therapy online
Posted on Mon 27 Apr 2020

Businesses and foundations across Australia are helping families access vital therapy online with Telepractice Starter Kits.

On the 27th of March 2020, Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) suspended all face-to-face therapy services in the wake of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. With respiratory illness the leading cause of death for people with cerebral palsy, the immediate risk to the people we serve was simply too great to continue.

The only safe way to deliver therapy is by transitioning all face-to-face services to online Telepractice (also known as ‘telehealth’ or ‘teletherapy’).

CPA Telepractice is a technology-enabled video-call service which allows us to provide therapy and support to people living with cerebral palsy and a range of other physical and neurological disabilities, by connecting with them from their own homes.

While CPA Telepractice has been used before, particularly for families in regional and rural communities, the public health crisis has resulted in a significant increase in demand.

Sadly, many families are missing out on the support they need because they don’t have the right equipment.

In response CPA have launched an urgent appeal to provide Telepractice Starter Kits to families in need. Each kit contains items such as a tablet, data pack, aps for use in therapy, specialist equipment such as adaptive toys and training and support to use the Telepractice platform.

Thanks to the amazing generosity of corporate partners and foundations the first 100 Telepractice Starter Kits are now on their way to families with more to follow.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance would like to thank the following organisations for their generous contribution to this appeal. Their support is making online therapy possible for families who desperately need it.

If you would like to contribute to the appeal please contact Tracey Jordan at tjordan@cerebralpalsy.org.au.

For more information about CPA Telepractice please visit our Telepractice page.

Thank you for donating to CPA Telepractice 

You are invited to participate in an online survey about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your child with a neurodevelopmental disability or rare genetic disorder.


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