John Coughlan

Secretary General


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Chairman of the International Cerebral Palsy Society (ICPS) since 2017.

Father of David, born 2006, who has cerebral palsy (spastic quadriplegia) and likes music and sport (especially boccia and rugby).

In professional life: Director of Communications at the Academy of European Law (ERA), a public foundation funded by the EU to provide training and a forum for discussion for practitioners of law from across Europe.

In civil society: President of the Parents’ Association of the European School Luxembourg 1; Chairman of the Pastoral Council of the Parish of Luxembourg Notre-Dame.

Born in Wales. Mother from Scotland. Father from Ireland. Wife from Portugal. Lives in Luxembourg. Works in Germany. European.

Joaquim Alvarelhao

Assistant Secretary General

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After the graduation in Occupational Therapy (1989) I start working at Cerebral Palsy Association of Porto, in a new occupational centre for adults with Cerebral Palsy. Since then I have a special interest in the subjects concerned to adults with Cerebral Palsy and developed research and consultation closely to different rehabilitation services

Actual position
As Professional
Professor at Health Sciences School of Aveiro University

As Volunteer
Collaborator of the Cerebral Palsy Portuguese Federation
Collaborator of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Porto

Master in Public Health at Faculty of Medicine of Porto University
Graduation in Occupational Therapy at Health Technologies School of Porto

Areas of interest Information systems and assistive technologies in Health Sciences and Rehabilitation
Organizations and Politics in Disability and Rehabilitation

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