The Cerebral Palsied Association of the Philippines Inc. (CPAP), was formed by RODRIGO “PEEWEE” KAPUNAN, a cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia. CPAP, a non-stock, non-profit organization was registered with the Security and Exchange Commission on September 22, 1993 by fifteen (15) founding members, adults with cerebral palsy. Today the association has two hundred (200) members.
By forming CPAP, an association identity was given to the group which for several years had been working informally to promote the cause of persons with cerebral palsy in the Philippines.
Lack of funds was not a deterrent factor to move on. The mission driven-members persevered in exploring all avenues for income generation projects, developing the members’ talents especially in art and computer skills ( some members have formal and informal studies at various levels), promoting membership and collaborating with civic groups and non-governmental organization.
Financial support in the beginning and until now came from generous contributions from the families and friends of the members. To augment the minimal budget, income generating projects such as the sale of handmade greeting cards and other handicrafts, were initiated.
CPAP is also actively involved in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs for persons with disabilities. In developing the members, several vocational training programs were organized in coordination with the government and non-government agencies (NGO’s).