World Cerebral Palsy Day

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2023 Date6 October 2023
2024 Date6 October 2024
World Cerebral Palsy Day

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 births, making it 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.

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