“I have many different emotions when I let it sink in that we are celebrating Cerebra’s 20th birthday. No different from how we’d feel about our sons and daughters’ special birthdays I suppose.
I was there for our proverbial birth and as Cerebra was born we had a clear plan for what we wanted to achieve. Cerebra was to be a leading light in the world of research into all things to do with neurological conditions in children. The aspiration was to use the intellectual capacity of the greatest academics, thinkers and researchers to understand more about all of our children, but especially those who were so wonderfully and positively different. We saw difference as a value to humankind.
But we wanted Cerebra to do more than research and understand. We wanted to empower families by finding novel and innovative ways to share what we learned and understood so that those families with whom we did share would be empowered. Empowered by their own understanding of their own children and empowered by a new found ability to understand and negotiate the complex systems of support that all families need to confront when trying to get the best for their children.
Twenty years on I think we’ve made huge progress in nurturing our own child to have developed the maturity that Cerebra brings to bear today. Of course, life is a journey. For all of us. Cerebra is still on that journey and like all of us still has lots to learn and lots to offer. In many ways, at 20 years old, perhaps the best is yet to come.
One thing is for sure. I look forward to continuing that journey, continuing to grow, to learn, to develop and to share. As I look back at 20 years of Cerebra I also look forward to the next 20 years. I look forward especially to wherever the journey next takes us. I say happy birthday and many happy returns to Cerebra and to all those who’ve been with us on our journey and all those yet to join us as we all continue to grow.”