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Background

The concept of the Cerebral Palsy Collaborative, originated during the 2014 NIH State-of-Science and Treatment Decisions in Cerebral Palsy workshop. At the time it was clear that the NIH, the CDC and the general public were in need of a unified voice from the CP community for research, advocacy, education (dissemination of information to those with CP and those who care for them) and awareness. Given that there are multiple CP related organizations with diverse strengths, it made sense to bring them together for common goals. The idea formalized into a working group at the 2015 AACPDM meeting in Austin, when the charter members agreed to a monthly collaborative call. The agenda focuses on areas in research, advocacy and awareness, and education and support that all the member groups have a common interest and/or investment in.