The Portuguese Cerebral Palsy Association (Associação Portuguesa de Paralisia Cerebral - APPC) was founded in Lisbon on July 27th 1960 on the initiative of a group of parents of persons with cerebral palsy and therapists specializing in this rehabilitation area, who felt the need for an organization to deal with the problems experienced by these infants and youngsters. The APPC is an institution of and for people with this ailment, made up of parents, friends, therapists and Cerebral Palsy sufferers. It has been, ever since its founding, considered a Non-Governmental Organization with the legal status of a social response legal entity working in the public interest.
Founded by the Portuguese Cerebral Palsy Association (APPC), and with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the first ever Rehabilitation Centre in the country was opened. Later, from 1974 onwards, there arose the urgent necessity of spreading needed support and rehabilitation facilities everywhere and to increase the level of integration in the standard treatments, which gave rise to a policy of expanding proffered assistance throughout the country.
The Portuguese Cerebral Palsy Association (APPC) has now opened branches all over Portugal, through a network of 13 Regional Branch Centers). All these Regional Centers have a shared orientation, led by a National Directorate, composed of members of all Regional Centers although these maintain full technical, administrative and financial autonomy. The (Federation of Portuguese Cerebral Palsy Associations - FAPPC) was started in 2006.
The Braga Regional Centre was founded in 1986, on the basis of the already outlined founding principles. Its main goal is providing specialized quality support for people with cerebral palsy and related neurological ailments throughout the greater Braga region. As of 2007 all the Regional Centers have, for legal compliance purposes, been turned into legally independent institutions, although all of them have common statutes and principles, which has resulted in the founding of the A.P.C.B.- Associação de Paralisia Cerebral de Braga/Braga Cerebral Palsy Association.
The APCB is an IPSS (social purpose registered charity) based in Braga whose main aim is “the taking of preventative measures and for the training, social inclusion, involvement and provision of both individual and family support for persons with Cerebral Palsy and related neurological conditions in all the geographical districts in the Braga zone”.
The Association’s mission is “to promote the citizenship and inclusion of an individual with Cerebral Palsy and related neurological conditions with a view to the fullest possible involvement throughout life” and “to respect the values and beliefs of the client”, trying to be “an Institution worthy of note and a providing motivator of opportunity for individuals with these specific problems.” With this as its purpose and vision, this association comports itself with the following beliefs: cooperation, specialized competence, credibility, dedication, ethics, equity, humility, humanism, innovation, fairness, respect, responsibility and tolerance, all of these guiding the work of the trained professionals making up our team.