Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. Signs and symptoms vary among people and over time. Often, symptoms include poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, and tremors. There may be problems with sensation, vision, hearing, swallowing, and speaking. Often, babies with cerebral palsy do not roll over, sit, crawl or walk as early as other children of their age Other symptoms include seizures and problems with thinking or reasoning, which each occur in about one third of people with CP. While symptoms may get more noticeable over the first few years of life, underlying problems do not worsen over time.
Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture
World Cerebral Palsy Day is celebrated on 6th October every year to spread awareness about cerebral palsy which is a congenital disorder of movement, muscle, posture, and tone. It is the day on which awareness programs are organized to eradicate all kinds of discrimination against cerebral palsy patients.
Cerebral Palsy Day is an social movement and a day to celebrate and affirm the lives of the 17 million people living with cerebral palsy (CP). The project was launched in 2012 by Cerebral Palsy Alliance (Australia) and United Cerebral Palsy (USA). It is supported by over 450 cerebral palsy service organisations, universities, parent groups, research institutions, student groups, schools and children’s hospitals from 65 countries.
The first World CP Day campaign was called ‘Change My World in 1 Minute’. The project sought ideas from the global community of people with CP for technologies and products that needed inventing – that had the potential to ‘change the world’ for people living with CP.
This year’s theme is ‘Make Your Mark’, which recognises how people with cerebral palsy adapt to change and come up with creative solutions their whole lives.
Let us promote the virtues of equality and justice on World Cerebral Palsy Day.
Let us accept the cerebral palsy patients as equal citizens of this world on World Cerebral Palsy Day.
I completely admire my mother for raising a child with cerebral palsy at home. Natalia Vodianova
On World Cerebral Palsy Day let us unite to stop all kinds of discrimination against those who are living with cerebral palsy.
On World Cerebral Palsy Day, we should encourage all those suffering from this disease to live a life of self-respect and dignity without any kind of fear and inferiority complex.
We need our children in Jamaica – especially those suffering with dyslexia, autism, cerebral palsy – to get more attention. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Don’t give up, World Cerebral Palsy Day is an occasion that brings new hope in the lives of all the people who are suffering from this disease.
On World Cerebral Palsy Day, let us try our best to bring a smile to the faces of those people who have suffered a lot of discrimination as cerebral palsy patients.
On World Cerebral Palsy Day, let us dedicate a few hours in support of those people who are not fortunate enough to move around freely like us.
World Cerebral Palsy Day is an opportunity for us to let those people suffering from cerebral palsy know that they are not alone in their battle against all kinds of discrimination in life.
You have not chosen cerebral palsy but you can certainly choose the way in which you want to lead your life. Happy Cerebral Palsy Day.
I have a son, Mason, who is disabled – cerebral palsy – and he does not walk independently, sit independently or speak. He uses a talking computer. I started becoming an advocate for him when he was 3 years old. Laura San Giacomo
Once upon a time, there was a boy who didn’t like himself very much. It was not his fault. He was born with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is something that happens to the brain. It means that you can think but sometimes can’t walk, or even talk. Tom Junod
Talking to people is important to me as someone who has cerebral palsy. I know what it’s like to have people not talking to me because they are scared they would ask the wrong question, but I would rather have an honest dialogue as long as it comes from an honest place. Zach Anner