World Cerebral Palsy Day

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World Cerebral Palsy Day

World Cerebral Palsy Day

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.

Key Facts

  • 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

  1. Wear the World CP Day colour – green. Decorate your workplace or classroom with green balloons and ribbons. How about a green cake?
  2. Post your photo, location and story on the World CP Day Map. Show you care about CP!
  3. Watch a video or read some books about CP to get an understanding of life with CP.
  4. Invite a person with CP to speak to your class about how YOU can make a difference.
  5. 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.
  6. Choose one of the World CP Day partners in another country and contact them to ask how you can help.

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