ABSTRACT

The words ‘there’s nothing you can do about it’ rang in my ears over and over again . . . and I was determined not to accept that. My husband and I ran from pillar to post in search of a proper diagnosis. We looked for services all over India, but found none that were adequate for our child’s needs. It was a time when very little was known in India about the educational needs of children with cerebral palsy. Children with cerebral palsy were either left in hospitals or kept at home with no access to any services whatsoever. It was a very diffi cult time. Determined that our daughter would not be held back by the negative attitudes and lack of services in India, we decided to go to England in search of treatment for Malini. We had family in England; my sister and brother-in-law were working there at that time, both he and my husband had graduated from Cambridge. It was felt that facilities were going to be far better and superior in England, so it was resolved that we would move to Cambridge. Fortunately for us we had the contacts. It was a sad day when we sold

and gave away many of our household items, packed up our home, and left for England.