World Cerebral Palsy Day

What is world CP day?

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement of people with cerebral palsy and their families, and the organisations that support them, in more than 65 countries. Their vision is to ensure that children and adults with cerebral palsy (CP) have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society. Watch the world CP day video here 

World Cerebral Palsy Day: Saturday 6 October 2018

World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day is Saturday 6 October 2018. More than just an awareness day, it is an opportunity to: 1. Celebrate and express pride in the lives and achievements of those with CP and the people and the organisations that support them 2. Create a powerful voice for those with CP to change their world 3. Connect organisations across the globe so they are better equipped to meet the needs of those with CP 4. Create new solutions to everyday problems 5. Act as a catalyst for social change and education campaigns that create solutions to universal challenges 6. Produce tangible, actions and outcomes that measurably improve the lives of those with CP 7. Raise awareness of CP and the issues that affect people with CP at a local, national and international level to create more inclusive societies. The project is coordinated by the World Cerebral Palsy Initiative, a group of non-profit cerebral palsy organisations with a global vision to create real change for people living with CP.

About CP

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood physical disability (affecting an average of one in every 500 people). There are over 17 million people living with CP, tens of millions of family members devoting their lives to the care of their loved ones, and tens of thousands of doctors and therapists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of CP.

Key CP 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.

Check out the world Cerebral Palsy day website and help campaign for this important need. If you have cerebral palsy join onto the map and share your story!