The Opening of Longfields: The Liberation of Children with Cerebral Palsy in Wales

Wales since 1945

1953 was a liberating year for children with cerebral palsy in Swansea. After vigorous campaigning by their parents, the Grove School was opened by the Swansea and District ‘Spastic’ Association, which moved to Longfield House in 1955.

The new school was significant because it catered to the specific needs of children with cerebral palsy and was the first school of its kind in Wales. It helped change the attitudes towards the condition. It meant that children with cerebral palsy could achieve what was previously deemed impossible with the right support.

For historical accuracy, the term ‘spastic’ will be used throughout.
However, it is important to note that today this term is regarded as offensive.

What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a condition that is caused by an injury to the brain before, during or after birth, where an individual’s muscle control and movement is affected as they mature…

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