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World Cerebral Palsy Day, on Friday 6 October 2017, is a perfect time to celebrate and learn more about cerebral palsy – the most common physical disability in childhood. Acceptance of diversity and empathy for people living with a disability is one of the most important building blocks for tolerance and inclusion.
- Every 15 hours, an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy.
- It is the most common physical disability in childhood.
- Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for a group of disorders. It is a condition that is permanent, but not unchanging.
- Cerebral palsy is a life-long physical disability due to damage of the developing brain.
- In most cases, brain injury leading to cerebral palsy occurs during pregnancy.
- Cerebral palsy, except in its mildest forms, can be evident in the first 12-18 months.
- Motor disability can range from minimal to profound, depending on the individual.
- It can range from weakness in one hand, to an almost complete lack of voluntary movement. People with significant physical disability may require 24 hour a day care.
- People with cerebral palsy are likely to also have other impairments in addition to their motor disability.
- Spastic hemiplegia, where one half of the body has difficulty with voluntary movement, is the most common presentation of cerebral palsy. Approximately 40% of people with cerebral palsy have hemiplegia.
- There is no known cure.
6 things you can do on October 6
- Wear the World CP Day colour – green. Decorate your workplace or classroom with green balloons and ribbons. How about a green cake?
- Post your photo, location and story on the World CP Day Map. Show you care about CP!
- Watch a video or read some books about CP to get an understanding of life with CP.
- Invite a person with CP to speak to your class about how YOU can make a difference.
- Learn about some of the issues facing people with CP around the world, and brainstorm ideas for how your class or school could take action.
- Choose one of the World CP Day partners in another country and contact them to ask how you can help.