Imagine a child with cerebral palsy who has limited hand control being able to play a video game for fun or whack a virtual tennis ball as part of therapy. This could become a reality thanks to a research initiative supported by a grant from Cerebral Palsy Family Network and the law firm of Janet, Jenner & Suggs LLC.
A $5,000 grant to the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF) has been earmarked for a potential research project into how virtual reality technology, such as Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox, can be adapted for use by people with mild to severe motor dysfunction.
CPIRF President and CEO Glenn Tringali said the CP Families grant will be used to recruit families to test therapy and gaming applications that may arise from a potential technology research project the organization is exploring.
"We believe in giving back to the community," said Howard Janet, JJ&S managing partner. "Because we work with families touched by cerebral palsy every day, cerebral palsy is not just a concept for us. We understand the challenges these kids and their parents face. We are committed to supporting groups that can make a difference for them."
CP Family Network is a non-profit organization founded in 2007, by parents whose children developed cerebral palsy as the result of a birth injury. The organization seeks to provide information, support and legal and medical resources to all families and others affected by cerebral palsy. CP Family Network provides two one-of-a-kind resources on the Web: the CP Family Care Guide: Medical and Emergency Records, for keeping track of information for a special needs child; and CP Family Survival Guides, which lists cerebral palsy resources for all 50 states. Also, parents find support and information from each other daily on the CP Family Network Facebook page and can sign up for regular emails of timely articles about cerebral palsy and CP families.
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