World Cerebral Palsy Day

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2024 Date6 October 2024
2025 Date6 October 2025

World Cerebral Palsy Day

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World Cerebral Palsy Day History

World Cerebral Palsy Day aims at raising awareness about cerebral palsy, a group of permanent movement disorders that affect a person's muscle tone, posture, and balance due to abnormal brain development or damage. This day unites and empowers people with cerebral palsy, their families, and communities to facilitate better opportunities and support. The observance focuses on fostering understanding and promoting inclusion, celebrating achievements and successes, and advocating for initiatives, policies, and services to improve the quality of life for those affected by cerebral palsy.

World Cerebral Palsy Day was established in 2012 by a group of non-profit organizations and cerebral palsy associations from across the globe. In the United Kingdom, cerebral palsy affects approximately 1 in 400 birth and is the most common physical disability in childhood. Initiatives such as the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the management of cerebral palsy and the development of specialist multidisciplinary care teams demonstrate the country's commitment to improving the lives of those living with the condition.

In the United Kingdom, World Cerebral Palsy Day is observed through various events, campaigns, and activities aimed at promoting awareness and understanding of cerebral palsy. This includes educational programs, fundraising events, social media campaigns, and local community initiatives that involve individuals, families, schools, businesses, and organizations. The observance provides an opportunity for the nation to come together, learn from each other, and support those directly impacted by cerebral palsy. World Cerebral Palsy Day takes place annually on the first Wednesday of October, with this year's observance falling on the 6th of October.

World Cerebral Palsy Day Facts

  • Brain damage, either due to injury or abnormal development, is the primary cause of CP.
  • Premature and low-birth-weight babies are at a higher risk of developing CP. Multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.), maternal health issues, and infections during pregnancy can also increase the likelihood of CP.

World Cerebral Palsy Day Top Things to Do

  • Sensory gardens are designed to engage all senses and can be particularly enjoyable for individuals with cerebral palsy. Some notable examples are the Keynsham Walled Garden in Bristol or the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne.
  • Many charities and organizations dedicated to cerebral palsy organize events or fundraisers on World Cerebral Palsy Day. You can participate as a volunteer or lend support by donating to their cause.
  • Engage with cerebral palsy organizations and charities on social media and participate in their online campaigns to raise awareness and support.
  • Learn more about cerebral palsy and share your knowledge with others to help raise awareness and break down barriers for people with cerebral palsy.

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