We Are Here for World Cerebral Palsy Day

Over 17 million people all over the world live with cerebral palsy, making it the most common physical disability in children.

Today marks World Cerebral Palsy Day: a movement of people with cerebral palsy, their families, and organizations supporting them. 

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy affects some of the brain’s functions. It can affect: 

  • movement
  • muscle control
  • muscle coordination
  • muscle tone
  • reflex
  • posture
  • balance

Cerebral palsy is often a result of an injury in a baby’s developing brain. The injury can happen either before the baby is born, or in its first couple of years. Most of the time, the exact cause of the injury is not known.

At the moment, there is no way to heal the brain injuries that cause cerebral palsy. Different treatments can help manage the condition and the effects it has on the body. It’s important to remember that every case of cerebral palsy is individual.

Knowledge is key

The main goal of World Cerebral Palsy Day is to make sure people who live with cerebral palsy have the same rights and opportunities as anyone else.

Understanding cerebral palsy is an important step on the way towards this goal, and we can all help by spreading awareness about the condition! 

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