Today is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day!
Here are some fast facts about cerebral palsy:
Cerebral palsy is a brain disorder that affects movement. It is not a birth defect, disease or contagious.
One out of every 1000 children are affected by cerebral palsy. About 764,000 adults and children in the USA have cerebral palsy.
There are 4 different types of cerebral palsy: spastic, athetoid, ataxia and a mixed.
The severity of CP ranges from mild to severe. I am considered to have a severe form.
There are treatments for cerebral palsy, but there is not a cure.
Many individuals with cerebral palsy have a normal intelligence.
Cerebral palsy is not progressive.
Symptoms of CP vary from day to day.
Individuals with cerebral palsy can live full and successful lives.
Individuals with cerebral palsy need acceptance, friendship and support…not pity.
There are many things you can do to participate in National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. Here are just a few ideas:
Read a book or article on cerebral palsy to gain a better understanding.
Contact United Cerebral Palsy to donate or volunteer in your area.
Start your own fundraiser for equipment or medical expenses of those in your community with cerebral palsy.
If you know someone with Cerebral Palsy, spend time with them!
Wear green to show support.
Until next time, Keep Rollin’ and Keep Smilin’
Cerebral Palsy Heart