World Cerebral Palsy Day 6 October

6 October 2022

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Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day!

Cerebral palsy is one of the least understood disabilities and people with cerebral palsy are often out of sight, out of mind and out of options in communities around the world. This needs to change.

World Cerebral Palsy Day on 6 October was created by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in 2012 and now brings together people living with cerebral palsy, their families, allies, supporters, and organisations across more than 100 countries. All with the aim to ensure a future in which children and adults with cerebral palsy have the same rights, access, and opportunities as anyone else in our society.

Millions of Reasons Campaign

This World Cerebral Palsy Day, people have been asked for their help in finding the next breakthrough in accessible technology. The cerebral palsy community is made up of over 17 million individuals who have creative ideas and lived experiences. The world needs their expertise!

You can help by voting for one of the new ideas in the gallery here by 11pm on Thursday 6 October.

About Cerebral Palsy

Boy on exercise ball with physiotherapistThere are more than 17 million people across the world living with cerebral palsy. Another 350 million people are closely connected to a child or adult with cerebral palsy. It is the most common physical disability in childhood. Cerebral palsy is a permanent disability that affects movement. Its impact can range from a weakness in one hand to almost a complete lack of voluntary movement.

It is a complex disability:

  • 1 in 4 children with cerebral palsy cannot talk
  • 1 in 4 cannot walk
  • 1 in 2 have an intellectual disability
  • 1 in 4 have epilepsy.

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disability and there is no known cure.

How you can help

Whether you’re a person with cerebral palsy or a friend, family member, colleague, or supporter of someone living with cerebral palsy, there is something everyone can get involved in:

Download the What is Cerebral Palsy? and the Cerebral Palsy: Diagnosis and Treatment infographic posters (PDFs) to learn more and share

Reference: * Novak I, Hines M,Goldsmith S, Barclay R (2012) Clinical Prognostic Messages from a Systematic Review on Cerebral Palsy, Pediatrics, 130:5

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