Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
Center of Services to Children with Cerebral Palsy (NACPC)
This description of Pedro Guimarães's work was prepared when Pedro Guimarães was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Upon first coming into contact with a child suffering from cerebral palsy, Pedro Guimarães’s life immediately changed—instead of seeing a disability, he saw the enormous potential and intelligence behind a body that failed to obey. This inspiration led him to the realization that traditional treatment and therapy were not enough. Pedro identified that 80 percent of the cases of cerebral palsy could be avoided or treated and the autonomy of these children could be guaranteed by complete inclusion in society.
The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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