Cerebral Palsy (CP) is more common than we think –it’s actually the most common physical disability in childhood. Its name is an umbrella term that is used to describe a group of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move and control certain muscles and limbs. It is caused by damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy, labour or shortly after birth.
CP affects people in different ways and can weaken body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. People who have Cerebral Palsy may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, and intellectual impairments as well as epilepsy.
Too many people with CP receive ineffective therapies, too many individuals and their families lack access to basic information and support, too little money is being spent on research and many societies are not inclusive to people living with CP and other disabilities.
World Cerebral Palsy Day is on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Worldcpday.org is a social movement made of, by and for the CP community. Their vision is simple: to ensure that everyone with CP has the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else. The movement empowers anyone to take action locally. Helping locally contributes to building the global movement for change in our communities.
Taking action means closing the gap between everyday circumstances and the real potential that people living with CP have. The six key areas for change include: public awareness, civil rights, medical/therapeutic care, quality of life, education and contribution.
We can all do something small to help raise awareness in our communities. Share this article and/or donate today to help people living with CP.
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