Did you know World Cerebral Palsy Day is a thing? You probably didn’t, likely because so little public communication exists surrounding CP as a condition, much less days and events associated with it. Despite significant advances in technology and medicine, extensive gaps still exist in the understanding and awareness of Cerebral Palsy. An overarching term assigned to brain injuries taking place sometimes during a pregnancy, delivery or post-birth, Cerebral Palsy occurs between 2 and 3 times per 1,000 live births. With over 4 million children born each year in the United States, CP is a lifelong reality for thousands of families every year in this country alone. This is why World Cerebral Palsy Day is so important to recognize now and for years to come.
As advances continue to work to lower instances of Cerebral Palsy, awareness surrounding this condition is important. Recent budgetary cuts in states like Texas have placed essential therapies on the chopping block, impacting children and adults alike that are seeking to limit the impact of Cerebral Palsy symptoms. Part of the cause of these senseless reductions in available therapies is due to a lack of awareness and understanding surrounding this condition. While it’s always important to correct misconceptions, such as Cerebral Palsy not being a ‘disease’ or infectious, is positive, there is obviously still a long way to go. World Cerebral Palsy Day represents a step forward in that effort.
In honor of World Cerebral Palsy Day (being celebrated Wednesday, October 7th), we have a few specific resources and suggestions for content that can help in raising awareness and breaking down stereotypes related to Cerebral Palsy as a condition. Our hope is that coverage of World Cerebral Palsy Day can go beyond a day on the calendar and, instead, make for a meaningful opportunity to create change.
- Words Matter – an overview of Disability Etiquette: get familiar with etiquette surrounding the words and language used surrounding the special needs community and Cerebral Palsy specifically. World Cerebral Palsy Day is not only about recognizing those living with CP, but also building awareness on what is right and wrong surrounding the condition!
- Explore Therapy – therapeutic options available to those living with Cerebral Palsy goes beyond generic physical therapy. A wide assortment of treatment options exist that parents can familiarize with to pursue the best care for their child or loved one.
- Dodge the Stigma – connect with other families who have been touched by Cerebral Palsy by joining our Facebook Page and engaging with the resources posted multiple times a day there.
- Be an Advocate – stand up for the rights of those with special needs, including CP, by taking action and being a pillar of advocacy in your community. This goes beyond World Cerebral Palsy day and into the 364 other days of the year!
- Connect with Resources – Our organization continues to help families by connecting them with local and national resources aimed at helping children with CP. We encourage parents at any income level to contact us today to see how we can help.
- Wear Green! – be a walking example of awareness!
How do you plan to celebrate World Cerebral Palsy Day?