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Joshua sat on the beack

Joshua’s Transition Part 4 – Direct Payments

This is part 4 in a series of articles that Emma has written for us. You can also read her ...
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School transport, Cerebra help with families of children with brain conditions.

Home to School Travel and Transport Guidance Consultation -England

Cerebra’s Legal Entitlement and Problem-solving (LEaP) Project, led by Luke Clements the Cerebra Professor of Law and Social Justice at ...
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Samuel Turner and his friend Angel

Wales International Film Festival

Samuel Turner is a young man with a passion – for supporting us and for making films. He is thrilled ...
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Bobath ruler CIC

Ruling the World!

Ross Head from our Innovation Centre tells us of the team’s latest design to help children ‘rule’ the world! Whilst ...
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Cerebra Research what we do.

What’s your Experience of Community Physical Participation?

Hello. My name is Karen Visser. I am a physiotherapist, PhD student and Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University. You can ...
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School transport, Cerebra help with families of children with brain conditions.

School Transport for Nat

Our Legal Entitlements and Problem-solving (LEaP) Project helped Nat get transport to school and as a thank you he has ...
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Nappies

LEaP Project Helps Family to get a Continence Assessment at Home

Earlier this year, our Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving (LEaP) Project supported a family who had been told that their son’s ...
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Avleen smiling at the camera.

Building a Better Bedtime Routine

My daughter Avleen was born prematurely at 28 weeks but is now five years old. She was diagnosed with Autism ...
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Harry with his dog.

Our Innovation Centre help Harry to throw a ball for his dog

Cerebra Innovation Centre, with help from ATiC – the University’s integrated research centre – developed the tennis ball shooter for ...
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Cerebra library a child reading books.

New books in the library

Check out the new books we have in our library. If you are not already a member you can borrow ...
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Imogen helmet

A Helmet for Imogen

The new helmet being developed by CIC and UWTSD has been made to measure by using high tech equipment to ...
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Borrow ebooks Cerebra for children with brain conditions.

School, bullying and mental health

School. Some of us fondly remember our days in school as ‘some of the best days of our lives’. School ...
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Accessing Public Services in Scotland Toolkit Workshop

Scots law provides powerful rights to education and support from other services, but this alone isn't enough. The law can ...
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Embracing Complexity, Cerebra the charity for families of children with brain conditions

The Embracing Complexity Coalition launches

We have joined leading UK Neurodevelopmental and Mental Health Charities to Launch The ‘Embracing Complexity Coalition’ The Embracing Complexity Coalition ...
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Jigsaw, Cerebra the charity for families of children with brain conditions

SEND funding in England: the Government needs your views!

Last week the Department for Education (DfE) in England made a call for evidence about SEND funding. As many of ...
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New switch toys in the Cerebra toy library.

New Switch Toys in our Library

We have some exciting new switch toys in the library.  Switches are accessible for all abilities, making them perfect for ...
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The Cerebra Innovation Centre fish tank

CIC develop new sensory fish tank

CIC have developed a great new sensory fish tank. Fish are a great addition to a sensory experience, but are susceptible ...
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Mair Elliott, Cerebra the charity for families of children with brain conditions

The long-term effects of unreliable, inconsistent support in CAMHS

Mair Elliott writes about how unreliable and inconsistent support from CAMHS has had an impact on her. You can read ...
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Specsavers and Imogen at the top of Pen y Fan

Specsavers donates almost £20,000

Staff at Specsavers opticians have helped donate nearly £20,000 to us, following a year of fundraising. 39 Specsavers stores across ...
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Joshua's 18th birthday

Joshua’s Transition: Part 3

Emma tells us about the challenges of transitioning from child to adult services. You can read part one here and part ...
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Cerebra Innovation Centre wins award.

We won! Innovation Centre success

The Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC), a partnership between Cerebra and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), has won ...
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Mum changing a baby

Have you been told that your child is too young to have a continence assessment?

Has your local continence team told you that your child isn’t old enough to have a continence assessment? Our new ...
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Christine Bunting

Christine Bunting takes on her biggest challenge yet as she prepares to trek to Mount Everest Base Camp

Christine with her equipment to get her to base camp Christine Bunting, a lawyer from specialist Court of Protection law ...
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School transport, Cerebra help with families of children with brain conditions.

Amelie gets transport to school, with help from our LEaP Project

Karen, who lives in Surrey, contacted our LEaP Project in January for help with a school transport problem. Her daughter, ...
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St David Awards

Cerebra Innovation Centre shortlisted for a St David Award

The Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC), a partnership between Cerebra and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), has been ...
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Stack of books

World book day in our library

Thursday 7th March is World Book Day and we have lots of story books that are suitable for children of ...
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Joshua's Transition to Adulthood with help from Cerebra.

Joshua’s Transition: Part 2

Emma tells us about the challenges of transitioning from child to adult services. You can read part one here. It ...
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Sleep Advice Service Cerebra

Meet our new Sleep Practitioners

We're thrilled to introduce you to the two newest members of our sleep team, Carwyn Tywyn and Claire Cox. Carwyn ...
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Nappies

Has your child been refused a continence assessment at home?

Has your local continence team told you that they can only assess your child at a school/hospital, rather than at ...
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Hand shake

Designing a better future for children with brain conditions with help from South Wales Freemasons

Our Innovation Centre and the work they do to help children take part in and enjoy life alongside their friends ...
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Oxy-gem

Samuel discovers freedom with his Oxy-gem

Samuel's mum Joceline recently contacted our Innovation Centre. As a member of a parent group on Facebook, she had seen ...
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Can you guess our most popular post from 2018?

We've crunched the numbers, we've checked them twice and now we can reveal our most popular posts from 2018. 5. ...
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Vanessa with Dylan, Ryan and Taran

Cerebra to benefit from Co-op Community Fund

Vanessa with Dylan, Ryan and Taran This year we have been chosen to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund. ...
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Boy with a female carer, smiling.

Cerebra and Cardiff University collaborate to advance support available to families

Hello, I’m Lowri and I’m really happy to be joining Cerebra to work on an exciting and new Welsh Government ...
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Joshua's Transition to Adulthood with help from Cerebra.

Joshua’s Transition Part 1

Emma tells us about the period of transition that her son, 17 year-old Joshua is about to face and the services that are available to help the transition.  Joshua I have always feared Joshua becoming older as it felt like a step into the unknown. Every ...
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lottery raffle balls

Imogen draws our Christmas raffle winners

Imogen with (L-R) our Head of Income Generation Terry Osborn, Neil form Specsavers and CEO Chris Jones We held our ...
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Christmas elf

The twelve days of Christmas with our Innovation Centre

Christmas is a time for joy and for making dreams come true. At our Innovation Centre we believe that all children ...
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Nappies

Is your child getting unsuitable continence products?

Have you been told that your child can’t have the type of continence product that she needs? Are you concerned ...
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That dog has got a beard

That dog has got a beard!

We've got a great new children's book in our library that explores the consequences of being different. 'That dog has got ...
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boy with hard hat

Accessing Public Services Workshops

Are you interested in hosting a workshop to help families access services for their disabled children? We are taking bookings ...
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Specsavers and Imogen at the top of Pen y Fan

Making dreams come true this #GivingTuesday

#Giving Tuesday is on November 27th and this year we’re celebrating the amazing work our Innovation Centre do to help ...
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Owen swinging.

Soaring high

Our Innovation Centre are proud to make products that help disabled children to enjoy and experience life alongside their friends. ...
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CIC come up with clever 3D printed solution

The Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) were recently asked for help with a small project, which really emphasises the usefulness of ...
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library books

Book reviews

Our librarian Jan reviews two new books you can borrow from our postal lending library.   ‘There are Things I ...
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Joshua

An introduction to us

My name is Emma and I am married to Michael – it is our 23rd wedding anniversary today – and ...
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Child with brain condition on a adapted surfboard.

Cerebra surfboard goes global

The team at CIC designed the surfboard in partnership with Roger Cooper for children with limited mobility and brain conditions. It ...
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Alex rides the waves

The team at the Cerebra Innovation Centre are dedicated to designing and making bespoke products that enrich a child’s life, ...
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Boy with a female carer, smiling.

Special Educational Needs reform in Wales

The special educational needs (SEN) reforms in Wales are now a little under a year away from their introduction. The ...
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Nappies

Our LEaP Project helps change the Welsh Government’s guidance on continence products

Have you been told that you can’t have more than 4 continence products a day, even if your child needs ...
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happy boy with bowtie

Improving the mental health of children with brain conditions

We are launching a new project to help families of children with brain conditions access timely and appropriate mental health ...
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Mother watching child sleep

What can I do if my child needs me to be there in order for them to sleep?

For some children, falling asleep without an adult with them seems impossible. Perhaps your child is used to you sleeping ...
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Specsavers and Imogen at the top of Pen y Fan

Caldicot girl with cerebral palsy climbs South Wales’ highest peak

Specsavers directors, team members and Cerebra staff with Imogen at the Pen y Fan summit Six year old Imogen Ashwell-Lewis, ...
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Boy with a female carer, smiling.

Joint Statement on PenCRU by Cerebra and University of Exeter Medical School

The following joint statement concerns termination of funding from the charity Cerebra for the Academic Chair and PenCRU childhood disability ...
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Baby with piggy bank

Big Thankxx to TKMaxx!

Terry, Cheryl and Amanda We would like to say a huge thank you to Cheryl Phillips, the Store Manager at ...
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Boy with a female carer, smiling.

Support in the Early Years Survey

We are working with the Family Research Group at the University of Warwick, as well as with Mencap,  Ambitious about ...
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A child sleeping.

Get a good night’s sleep with help from our library

Join our librarian Jan (and teddy) as she talks through the different books and sensory equipment we have in our ...
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Hand shake

Partnership pioneers better support services

We have forged a partnership with Cardiff University to improve services for families of children with debilitating brain disorders. The ...
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Difficulty sleeping

Difficulty settling at night

One of our Sleep Practitioners recently helped a family who were struggling to get their daughter to bed, and to ...
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Difficulty sleeping

Object of comfort helps Poppy sleep

Poppy, Simon, Bella, Gigi and Rachel Mum Rachel contacted our Sleep Service to get some advice about daughter Poppy who ...
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sleeping parent with toddler

My child just won’t go to sleep

This article takes a look at what you can do if your child just won't go to sleep. It's taken ...
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Cara smashes duathlon challenge

Cara Readle One of our Ambassadors, Cara Readle, recently completed a duathlon and raised over £500 for Cerebra! This was ...
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Innovation Centre’s spinning pod a big hit with Curtis

Curtis and his spinning pod Louise recently contacted our Innovation Centre after seeing a post on our Facebook page about ...
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Engage to Change

We're delighted to welcome Kyle Davies to our team following his Engage to Change placement with us. We were very ...
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We have a new Chair of Trustees

We are pleased to announce that Sean Taggart will be joining the Board of Trustees on the 1st of September ...
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Jonas enjoys sensory toys from our library

Jonas with fibre optics Jonas' parents recently contacted our postal lending library to borrow some sensory lights. Mum Jolanta and ...
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Summer reading ideas for the kids.

Summer Reading

Are you looking for ways to entertain the children this summer? Did you know that you can borrow children's books ...
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Handy tips for summer holiday sleep

During the summer holidays the change in routine and light, warmer nights can often make sleep difficult. It can be ...
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Travel insurance covering children with disabilities

At this time of year, one of the questions coming in to our helpline is about travel insurance that will ...
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Cara draws winning summer raffle tickets

Cara with CEO Chris Jones and some of our fundraisers On 25th July actress Cara Readle, who is one of ...
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Cara to take on duathlon challenge

Cara Readle Swansea born actress Cara Readle, famous for her role in ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’, will be taking ...
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Epilepsy and getting a better night’s sleep

Jonah and Louise Louise recently contacted our Sleep Service for some advice to help 9-year-old Jonah get a good night’s ...
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Delivering legal rights through practical problem solving

In this article we explain our Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving (LEaP) Project with the Centre for Law and Social Justice, the ...
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Disability related expenditure and pets care costs

A survey has found that many disabled people are unable to afford to keep a pet dog or cat due ...
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Knowledge Transfer Partnership success!

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) bid with the Institute ...
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Effective interventions for long term change

At the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Conditions, University of Birmingham, the aim is to identify the causes of the most pressing ...
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Our innovation team design the Boccia ramp of the future

The CIC team have been working hard to create a high tech Boccia Ramp. Boccia is a ball sport, similar to ...
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Borrow fiction from our BorrowBox library

BorrowBox is great new service we offer that means you can now borrow ebooks and audiobooks from us. You can read ...
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Ask, Listen, Do

Do you care for a child or young person with a learning disability, autism or both? Have you ever raised ...
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Overcoming sleep terrors

In this article we take a look at what sleep terrors are, give advice on how to overcome them and ...
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Innovation Centre help Livia gain independence

Mum Alanah recently approached our Innovation Centre with a challenge that would help maintain her daughter's independence while keeping the ...
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Six year-old Jake-Junior to run for Cerebra

Jake-Junior When Jake -Junior cheered his dad from the side-lines as he completed the London Marathon, there was only one ...
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Arctic Ride Alaska!

Gordon with his brother Robbie This summer Cerebra Ambassador Gordon Stuart will attempt his latest epic charity motorbike challenge. He ...
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Tiny hats for tiny babies

One of our dedicated fundraisers, Sam Elliott, has just knitted 39 baby hats for premature babies on the Neonatal Ward ...
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Premature baby

Preventing neonatal brain injury and childhood disability

The main objective of the Cerebra Perinatal Research Centre at the University of Leeds is to make a difference in ...
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Parents, researchers and charities join forces to create new resource for parents of children with learning disabilities.

The University of Warwick, Mencap, Cerebra, and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation have teamed up with parents of children with learning ...
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Team Imogen smash the Swansea triathlon

The whole team The 2018 UWTSD Swansea Triathlon has come and gone for another year, but for Team Imogen this ...
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Creating the Urdd Eisteddfod Crown

Daniel Cuthbertson, who is a designer at the Cerebra Innovation Centre, has created the crown for this year’s Brecon and Radnorshire ...
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How to look after yourself

We know from research that parents of children with a learning disability can be twice as likely to experience high ...
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Autism and mental health – one family’s journey

"My daughter, Mair, is autistic with severe and enduring mental health difficulties. She was diagnosed with autism 6 years ago ...
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Working to improve children’s mental health

We are working on a joint funding bid with the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University for ...
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BorrowBox is coming soon!

We're delighted to announce that BorrowBox is coming soon to our library. With BorrowBox you'll be able to borrow e-books ...
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Storytelling evening raises funds

Paul Raven with Box Coordinator Melanie Clark A new Carmarthenshire business has raised funds for Cerebra through a series of ...
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Samuel cheers buddy to marathon glory!

Dustin with Samuel and his parents and Cecilia Bufton On Sunday 22nd April, American Dustin Erhardt ran the London Marathon ...
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Tom’s writing slope makes him the envy of his classmates

Our Innovation Centre team recently helped a young boy with his writing skills - and made him the envy of ...
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Running, cycling and donuts!

Ross Head sneaking a donut The Cerebra Innovation Team are officially 5 weeks away from competing in the Swansea Triathlon ...
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Understanding and Reducing Sleep Disorders in Children with Developmental Delay

Dr Caroline Richards and Professor Chris Oliver from the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders talk about the Sleep Project which ...
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Accessing Public Services Workshops for Professionals

Following on from the huge success of our Accessing Public Services Workshops, we are launching sessions specifically for professionals. The ...
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Star Volunteers Take on Fun Run

Samuel and Angel after the race On 24th March our star volunteers Samuel Turner and  Angel Jolly took part in ...
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Adapting life – a family’s story

One of our families has written a blog post about the many adaptations families with children who have disabilities have to make. "Several ...
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Captain Imogen and her brave triathlon crew!

Captain Imogen The Cerebra Innovation Centre design team will be embarking on a triathlon adventure this year with their very ...
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Improving the well-being of young children with learning disabilities: A Parent’s Guide

We're looking for people to take a look at a brand new booklet on improving the well-being of young children ...
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Research Advisory Committee – Call for applications

We are recruiting to our Research Advisory Committee. In this article you can find out more about what Cerebra does, ...
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New Books on Autism in the Library

We have had a lot of requests to borrow books explaining autism recently, so we have purchased some brand new ...
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Countdown to Marathon Glory!

Dustin is running the London Marathon in April American Dustin Erhardt is making his final preparations for this year's London ...
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Delivering legal rights through practical problem-solving

In this article we take a look at our Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving (LEaP) Project - why we started it, ...
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Dr Ross Head to talk at Naidex

Naidex is Europe’s largest disability and independent living event and will take place at the NEC on 25th and 26th ...
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Accredited workshops on Accessing Public Services, DLA and Sleep

We are delighted to announce that our workshops on Accessing Public Services, DLA and Sleep have been accredited by the ...
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Fetal Medicine Barcelona – University of Barcelona

Why our research is important for families? We are a research group focused on Fetal Medicine. Our main goal over ...
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Students Raise Funds With Performance

A group of second year BA Acting students at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David recently held a week of fundraising ...
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Ollie’s Story

Ollie with his mum and brother We are extremely excited to have been named Specsavers' charity of the year for ...
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Imogen’s Story

Imogen with mum Catherine We are extremely excited to have been named Specsavers' charity of the year for Wales this ...
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Ryan’s story

Ryan and Taran Hooper at our Specsavers partnership launch event We are extremely excited to have been named Specsavers' charity ...
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Specsavers Name Cerebra as their Charity of the Year for Wales

Imogen Specsavers has donated £10,000 to Cerebra to mark the start of a year-long fundraising partnership. The optician's 39 stores ...
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Why Our Research is Important – Cerebra Family Research Group

Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR) University of Warwick Cerebra Family Research Group “Strengthening families” Why our research ...
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New look library lists

Take a look at our great new Library Lists. We've made some changes to make them more user friendly. We ...
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DLA Workshops for Professionals

As part of Cerebra’s programme of information workshops we have developed a Disability Living Allowance workshop for professionals. This is ...
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Samuel is our Star Volunteer!

Samuel and Angel In 2017 we welcomed Samuel Turner to team Cerebra as a volunteer and Samuel, his family and ...
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New Toys for Our Postal Lending Library

We recently received some funding from Children in Need to purchase some new toys for our Postal Lending Library. Check ...
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James’ trike ride is a winner!

James on his trike Nine year old James Miles is our latest fundraising Superhero! James raised an incredible £512 for ...
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Cerebra Innovation Centre’s Rocket Shelf Finds a New Home

Eve and her rocket shelf The Cerebra Innovation Centre recently designed these rocket shelves. This cool piece of equipment was ...
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New books in our library

We've got lots of great new books on a range of topics available to borrow now from our library. Autism ...
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Dustin to Run London Marathon for Cerebra and his Buddy

Dustin is running the London Marathon in April We're very excited to welcome Dustin Erhardt on to team Cerebra for ...
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Nappies

Our LEaP project helps Rhiannon get the continence supplies she needs

Our LEaP Project helps Rhiannon get the continence supplies she needs and our template letter could help you to write ...
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Birmingham Experts Launch Pioneering Autism Research

Leading researchers from Birmingham are today (25th October 2017) launching a major, new UK study into autism and mental health ...
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New Book on Autism in Our Postal Lending Library

We have a new book available from our Postal Lending Library. ‘Through the Eyes of Me’ by Jon Roberts ISBN ...
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Cerebra Research Support Network – Help us make a difference

We are looking for people with lived family experience of childhood brain conditions to join our Research Support Network. Can you ...
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Books on ADHD in the library

Check out the books on ADHD that you can borrow from our postal lending library for free. For parents L6329 ...
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My Experience of Applied Behavioural Analysis

Razwana Mushtaq, whose 5 year old daughter has autism, discusses her experience of getting a diagnosis for her daughter, recent ...
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Impact of Headbanging and Sensory Issues on Sleep

One of our Sleep Practitioners explains  how she helped a family struggling with head banging problems: "Mary came to one ...
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Sleep Practitioner Sarah Tells of her Own Experience of Sleep Training

Sarah and Theo Our Sleep Practitioner Sarah Coldrey is used to helping families with their sleep difficulties but, as she ...
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Support for Potocki-Lupski Syndrome

Mum Lisa, who's son Kyle has Potocki-Lupski Syndrome, tells us their story. "Kyle was born by natural birth on June ...
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The Arctic Rider Takes on New Alaska Challenge

Gordon Stuart When Cerebra Ambassador Gordon Stuart first started his Arctic Rider project, he couldn't have imagined the distances he would cover ...
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Team Cerebra at the Superhero Series!

Rob and Poppy with Anthony, Rhys and Kevin On Saturday 19th August two very special Superheroes joined team Cerebra for ...
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School Transport Report

The school of law team at the University of Leeds Our student researchers at the School of Law, University of ...
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Your Average Jo

In the latest of our series of articles from young people talking about growing up with a disability, Jo tells ...
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Rhys and Anthony Take on Superhero Triathlon

Rhys, Anthony and Kevin When Rhys watched his sister take part in her first sports day, he wanted nothing more ...
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Christine Braves Wing Walk

We would like to say a massive well done and thank you to Christine Bunting who completed a wing walk ...
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Josh Nurse Becomes an Ambassador

Josh receiving his Ambassador certificate Joshua Nurse from Pontiets, Carmarthenshire is celebrating his 16th birthday by becoming an Ambassador for ...
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Disabled Facilities Grants

The school of law team at the University of Leeds Our student researchers at the School of Law, University of ...
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How behaviour problems can affect family life

Jane Raca, whose son James has learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour shares her story and explains how you can ...
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Social Care Guides – England and Wales

One of the results of devolution is that in a number of areas of the law England and Wales are ...
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SEN Reforms in England and Wales

In England, the special educational needs (SEN) reforms introduced in September 2014 continue to be rolled out. Although all SEN ...
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Innovation Centre Test New Surf Boards

Our Innovation Centre has been doing some pioneering work with surfing equipment for disabled children over the past couple of years ...
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Alex Completes 60 Mile Trek

Alex and Ezra at Mwnt Beach We would like to say a huge well done to Alex Elsaesser who recently ...
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Anne and Brian Make Fantastic Donation

Mrs Pearce hands her cheque over to Laura MacDonald The story of one little boy inspired Anne Pearce and her ...
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Massage Helps Improve Bedtime Routine

Our Sleep Practitioner Pattie Everitt was recently able to help Freddie and his mum Abbie build a better bed time ...
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Samuel and Angel Bake Some Sweet Treats to Raise Funds

Samuel, Angel and Jacky On Saturday 1st July 2017, Samuel Turner and his friend Angel raised £50 for Cerebra at ...
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Night Waking and Building a Better Bedtime Routine

James James' family were struggling with his bedtime routine and night waking. Our Sleep Practitioners, Pattie Everitt explains what sleep ...
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Life online for young people with SEN

Dawn Cavanagh Dawn Cavanagh, whose teenage son has autism, considers the benefits and challenges of life online for young people ...
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New books in our library

In recent months the library has had less money to buy new books and it's been hard to choose which ...
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Sleep Seminar Gives Advice on Aromatherapy, Mindfulness and Massage

We recently held a Sleep Seminar in Leeds at the Mencap Centre. The theme of the day was supporting sleep ...
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Brody, Me and Global Development Delay

Brody Laura is mother to 5 year old Brody who, despite having lots of health issues, has no definitive diagnosis. ...
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Better Bedtime Routine

Our Sleep Practitioners provide support for families on a range of sleep issues. One of our Sleep Practitioners, Sarah Coldrey ...
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Poppy to Take on Second Triathlon Challenge

Rob and Poppy Last year, eleven year old Poppy Jones realised her dream of competing in the Cardiff Triathlon. This ...
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Improving early intervention for children with autism

Zarbanoo Rajput Zarbanoo Rajput BA (Hons), mum to a 15 year old with autism and an active member of ABAAccess4all ...
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1000 Families Study – Age Range Extended

Are you the mother, father, or caregiver of a child aged between 4 and 15 years, 11 months who has ...
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Leah Makes Sense of Her World

The whole family! "Leah turned 5 in February and she has a diagnosis of severe global development delay, vision impairment, ...
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Sleep Walking to Success

The walkers before they set off On Saturday 6th May we held our second walk to the top of Pen-y-Fan ...
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Book Review: Parenting your disabled child

Our librarian Jan reviews a new book you can borrow from our free postal lending library. ‘Parenting Your Disabled Child: ...
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An End to Sleepless Nights

Our Sleep Service gives support to families when their child is having sleep difficulties. Sleep Practitioner Catherine Stone recently helped ...
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Help with night waking

Mum Tammy was struggling to cope with her daughter's night waking. Our Sleep Practitioner Claire Varey describes how she gave ...
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The Effect of Delay in Autism Diagnosis

We've been asking parents to share their experiences with obtaining an Autism diagnosis for their child and the effects that ...
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Support for our Problem-Solving Toolkit Workshops

We are very grateful to The Santander Community Fund, via the Community Foundation in Wales, and The Boshier-Hinton Foundation who ...
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Books in the library on growing up

Check out the books we have in our postal lending library on growing up. Going through adolescence How to be ...
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Why should I take part in research about families of children with learning disabilities?

The CEDAR research centre at Warwick University needs 1000 children with learning disabilities and their families to help with a ...
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Why timely diagnosis of autism is important

Tracy Elliott, our Head of Research and Information explains why timely diagnosis of autism is important and tells us her ...
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Research and Information Request Service

In a survey we carried out in 2016 (with 1937 respondents), less than 41% of parents receive written information when ...
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Cameron Gets Around on His New Scooot Seat

Louise French recently got in touch with us after she saw a Scooot Seat in action and knew it would ...
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Rocking dinosaur designed by cerebra innovation centre

Holly’s Rocking Dinosaur!

Holly and her rocking dinosaur "We contacted the Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) after realising the first birthday present we had ...
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Isaac’s Story – A Little Houdini!

Claire, Isaac and the whole family Claire is mum to eight year-old Isaac. Here's her story: . "Isaac is 8 ...
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Top Ten – The most popular children’s books in the library

Find out which are the 10 most popular books for children in our postal lending library. C0031 & C0092 Hands ...
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Welsh SEN ALN Reforms

The Welsh Government has been working on reforming the special educational needs system in Wales since the summer of 2007 ...
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Barcelona Team Complete Half Marathon

Five members of Fetal i+D team at the University of Barcelona took on the challenge of running the Barcelona Half Marathon on ...
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Jonathan’s Story – Eye Can Talk

Jonathan's perspex spelling board which helps him to communicate. Jonathan Bryan tells us his remarkable story and how he's doing ...
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Sleep Practitioner Helps Nelli

Nelli and Iveta Our Sleep Service gives support to families whose children are having problems with their sleep. Claire Varey, ...
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Learning disabilities: Identifying and managing mental health problems

The role of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is to improve outcomes for people using the ...
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Uniquely Human: a different way of seeing autism

Uniquely Human: a different way of seeing autism by Dr Barry M Prizant ISBN 9780285643338 £20.00 We all have different ...
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Sleep and Head Banging

Head banging is just one of the issues that our Sleep Practitioners can help families with. It's a difficult behaviour ...
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Teenage Sleep

Back in 2015, Sarah Coldrey, our Sleep Practitioner in the South West met with the Hunter family from Brixham. The ...
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Sleep Forum Addresses Sensory Difficulties

On the 10th November, Sleep Practitioner Claire Varey held a sleep forum at Burton Street Foundation, Sheffield. Claire, who is ...
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Disabled Facilities Grants Project

The school of law team at the University of Leeds Joseph is one of the students working on our Legal ...
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Magical Christmas at Covent Garden

On 22nd December, we held our ‘Christmas at Covent Garden’ concert at St Paul's Church in London. Guests were treated ...
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Rocket shelves

Becca’s fab rocket design!

Becca Becca Davies recently joined our Innovation Centre team for a month long internship. Becca wanted to gain some design ...
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Poppy’s Dream Comes True

Go Poppy! On 24th June Poppy’s dream finally came true – she completed the Cardiff triathlon in style! The weather ...
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baby ultrasound for research at Cerebra into brain conditions.

Mr Nigel Simpson: My Journey into Research

Nigel Simpson For most mothers pregnancy is a safe and straightforward process but for 1 in 5 unexpected complications can ...
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Tommy Lee wearing his helmet

Innovation Centre Create High tech horse riding helmet for young boy with unique head shape.

Tommy-Lee in action The Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC), along with the help of BSI (British Standards Institution) have taken the challenge ...
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Survey finds local authorities failing to comply with their legal obligations to parent carers/young carers

A survey of over 40% of English social services authorities by the Cerebra Legal Entitlements Research Project at Cardiff Law ...
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Communicating with Music

Our Parent Support Consultant Gill Gleeson takes a look at communicating with music. "Because music is a way of communicating other ...
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Autism and Mental Illness: a Teenager’s Perspective

Mair Elliott Mair Elliot shares her experience of living with both a mental illness and Autism. "Since 14 years old ...
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Sexuality, Autism and Young People – Families Study

The Sexuality, Autism, and Young People- Families study (SAY-Families) is a joint project between Warwick, Bangor and Glasgow Universities.  Researcher Stacey ...
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Cerebra Family Research Ambassador Project

At Cerebra we believe in listening to families and using what they tell us to inspire research, innovation and information.  ...
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Cerebra’s Sleep Service Helps Caroline and Dylan

Caroline and Dylan Caroline is mother to six year old Dylan who is thought to have high functioning Aspergers although ...
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“CleverstiX” – a clever way to bring fun to the dinner table!

CleverstiX Dr Ross Head, from The Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) recently came across a novel little product at the OT ...
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The surf access vehicle

CIC Test Their Surf Access Vehicle (SAV)

The CIC team recently tested their new surfing products at Poppit Sands in Pembrokeshire. The team has developed a Tandem ...
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The Surf Access Vehicle

Innovation Centre work on new surf products

Surf access vehicle: SAV One of the new products being pioneered by CIC this summer has been the new Surf ...
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A child sleeping.

Difficulty Sleeping Alone or Night Waking

Our useful checklist gives tips for what you can do if your child is finding it difficult to sleep alone ...
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GoTo Seat is a hit

Sales of the brilliant GoTo seat are raising money for Cerebra. We have kept you up to date with the ...
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Cerebra and Leckey’s GoTo Seat

Cerebra have teamed up with James Leckey Design to develop and design a new and exciting lightweight portable postural support ...
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