World Cerebral Palsy Day is observed around the world to raise awareness of the issues faced by people with cerebral palsy. This disabling condition has a profound effect not only on the individual but on their family and friends too. The goal of the holiday is to spread information and to provide those affected with improved treatment options.
The campaign ‘Change My World in a Minute’ was initiated in Australia, and has since become a worldwide movement. It is estimated that over 17 million people around the world are living with cerebral palsy, so the need for support and advocacy is great. Research teams from across the globe have joined the effort, leading to new strategies and treatments. In 2002, a major study was conducted in the United States to better understand the disorder. Medical advancements continue to be made, offering more effective treatments to those living with cerebral palsy.
The condition was first studied by English surgeon William Lyttle in 1810, and he left behind a wealth of invaluable information for medical professionals. In 1932, engineer Harry Jennings invented the folding wheelchair, which has made a huge impact on the quality of life of those with mobility issues.
- Cerebral palsy does not necessarily worsen over time; in some cases, there is improvement.
- Seven out of ten people with the condition can lead independent lives.
- It does not impede intellectual abilities.
- Medical negligence is not always the cause of cerebral palsy.
- Women with the condition can have healthy children.
How to take part
The best way to take part in World Cerebral Palsy Day is to show support for those living with the condition. Volunteer with an organization that works with the cause, and spread knowledge about the disorder. Offer care, attention, and assistance to those with cerebral palsy and their families.
When is World Cerebral Palsy Day in 2023?
World Cerebral Palsy Day is observed on October 6 each year.