Background and Aim: Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term used to describe disorders of motor function, emerge on early years of life , resulting from a brain injury or malfunction. These disorders may be accompanied by speech, auditory and visual disorders, seizure, learning disabilities , mental retardation and so on. Due to all these disorders, it seems that people with cerebral palsy have some special needs that understanding them are essential. As a result, it was done a study to understand the rehabilitation needs of people with cerebral palsy. One part of these requirements was social needs which are presented in this article separately because of its importance.
Materials and Methods: This research was done as a qualitative type and with phenomenology method and sampling was purposeful. Participants were 17 cerebral palsy people (6 female and 11 male, with aged 15 to 43 years old). Data were collected by observation and deep interview with open-end questions and analyzed by Collaizi method.
Results: S ocial needs domain of participants was appeared in 12 sub-themes and 7 themes. Themes were consisted of: to help and companionship with others, social acceptance , marriage, work, access to urban facilities , education and supportive organization.
Conclusion: Social needs are an important and great part of cerebral palsy people's needs. So, it is necessary that organizations , institutes, families and all community members related to cerebral palsy people, consider this group's needs, especially their social needs and try to provide them .
Key words: Cerebral palsy, Social needs, Qualitative study