Cardiff University Law School recently hosted a prestigious national conference in association with Cerebra, a national charity for children with neurodevelopmental conditions. The conference focussed on Disabled Children and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and sought to explain (in relation to the rights of disabled children) what the Convention says, what the impact is likely to be and how its provisions can be used to produce practical results.
The conference opened with an introduction from Baroness Jane Campbell of Surbiton, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Disability Group at the Westminster Parliament. In her powerful introduction Baroness Campbell spoke candidly of her experiences of growing up as a disabled person and of the importance of recognising the potential of people who live with disabilities.
Baroness Campbell is an active Independent Crossbench Peer and has a long history of parliamentary lobbying for disabled people’s civil and human rights and was a Commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and before then, of the Disability Rights Commission.
Baroness Campbell also introduced and endorsed the Cerebra pro bono Cardiff Law School programme. This innovative pilot scheme will involve law students providing practical advice and support to parents and carers of disabled children in need of help. Further details of the theme will be released shortly.
Both of Baroness Campbell’s speeches can be viewed at www.cerebra.org.uk.
Cerebra is a national charity striving to improve the lives of children with neurodevelopmental disorders and brain injury through research, education and direct, on-going family support.
Cerebra funds research into the problems arising from brain injury and disability in infants, offers services that include a postal lending library, grant scheme, regional officers and sleep counsellors. The Charity also provides a holiday home, Vallecchia, which is free to Cerebra members. The Cerebra Innovation Centre helps parents and carers access specialist equipment that is not readily available elsewhere.
Living with neurological conditions can make life very hard, not just for the child, but for their family too and we at Cerebra, with the help of our supporters, aim to make it easier.
For more information about Cerebra visit: www.cerebra.org.uk