Raising awareness of Cerebral Palsy.
02 October 2019, Disability in the news

WHY THIS ISSUE IS WORTHY OF ATTENTION AND EFFORT

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood physical disability (affecting an average of one in every 700 people). There are over 17 million people living with CP, with over 350 million caregivers.

When people with CP have the same opportunities as everyone else to live up to their potential, they prove how significant it can be—not just for individuals with CP, but for everyone in the societies in which they live. One need not look any further than the poets and comedians and computer programmers and writers and activists living with CP to realise what a powerful contribution the community of people living with CP can make around the world.

Yet people living with CP are one of the least understood, and most stigmatised communities in the world.

World CP Day conducted research—from the tribal regions of Pakistan to Poland, from Brazil to Baltimore, from Sydney to Sri Lanka—and found incredibly frustrating realities everywhere.

Too little money is being spent on prevention and supportive tools; too many doctors and therapists lack the knowledge to diagnose and treat people with CP; too many families lack access to basic information and support; too few educators have the training to ensure people with CP get the education they deserve; and, perhaps most importantly, it is still far too easy to keep people with CP out of sight, out of mind and out of options in communities around the world.

This is not just a question of human rights. It has a direct impact on our collective social and economic wellbeing. The artistic, economic, social, scientific and political contribution of 17 million people—and those who commit everything on their behalf—are simply unrealized.

It’s 2019 – time for change!

Information is available. Support exists. Effective policies can be shared among countries. New therapies and preventative tools are emerging every day. People just do not have access.

HOW WORLD CP DAY CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Around the globe on October 6 each year, groups of people with CP, supporters, carers, educators, researchers and more get together to celebrate people with CP and create change. There’s an overwhelming amount of engagement on social media, and even interest from traditional media.

It gives people in the global CP community the chance to band together and combine their resources, energy and knowledge. It allows us all to share stories and ideas and make real progress in awareness, education, understanding and research.

Learn more at https://worldcpday.org