The CPA (Cerebral Palsy Association) was originally formed in 1948 and was originally known as the Transvaal Association for the Care of Cerebral Palsy (TACCP). Since the outset, its purpose has always been to promote the general well-being of people with all forms of Cerebral Palsy. This is done in a number of ways, such as striving to improve access to amenities for disabled people, and assisting those with the condition to adjust as well as possible to society as a whole.
The CPA is a legal entity, and may participate in legal proceedings where it deems necessary. Over the years, the Association has played an active role in establishing several schools for those with Cerebral Palsy, as well as Forest Farm Centre, in which it maintains an active interest. Financial and/or service support is also provided to outreach programmes in the major townships around Johannesburg. These include the Ratanang Child Care Centre in Soweto and the Kopanang Childcare Centre in Orange Farm.
An elected board of trustees manages the affairs of the CPA. Current board members are Mr Wayne de Nobrega (Chairman), Mr Louis Deppe (Vice Chairman), Mr Deon Smith (Director), Mr Richard Dixon, Mr Hans van Manen, Dr Thuto Nkobi, Dr Marius de Beer and Mr Terry Dolby.