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National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Join us in showing support for those living with Cerebral Palsy - spread awareness and make a difference!
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Introduction

March 1 marks the beginning of National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month - a time to celebrate and recognize individuals with cerebral palsy and their families, who are often overlooked. This awareness month is a great opportunity to educate the public about cerebral palsy, its symptoms, causes and treatments. Since the 1950s, medical professionals have been researching this neurological disorder in order to further understand and treat it more effectively. Various national organizations exist today to help those living with cerebral palsy as well as spread awareness about the condition.

History of National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month Dates

National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1860</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Cerebral Palsy Discovery</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first description of Cerebral Palsy was recorded by Dr. William John Little, who first recognized the condition and it was later named after him as Little's Disease.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1897</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Definition of CP</div><div class='timeline-text'>Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud first suggested that the condition could be caused by abnormal development before birth.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1940s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>United Cerebral Palsy Foundation</div><div class='timeline-text'>United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Foundation was established to provide services and resources for individuals with CP and their families.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National CP Awareness Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania presented the resolution to recognize National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day on March 25.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National CP Awareness Month</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United States Senate unanimously declared March as National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month to raise public awareness about the disorder.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend an awareness event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many events are held throughout the month to raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy. Attend one of these events and show your support.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Read up on Cerebral Palsy and learn more about the condition. Knowledge is power and understanding the condition can help you be a better advocate for those with CP.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to research</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make a donation to a charity that is dedicated to researching and finding treatments for CP. Find out which charities are doing the most work in this field and make a contribution.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer your time</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look for local organizations or charities that are specifically devoted to helping those with CP. Many of these organizations need volunteers to help with their many activities and programs.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread the word</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use social media to spread the word about National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and share information about CP with your friends and family.</p></div></div>

Why National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raising Awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month is a great opportunity to raise awareness about this condition and spread facts about it. This can help reduce stigma and build support for those affected by it, which in turn helps them lead better lives.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Finding Support</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By raising awareness of cerebral palsy, more people are able to find support, resources, and even advice on how to cope with the condition. There are also organizations and charities that offer support on a national, regional and local level.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Improving Quality of Life</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Raising awareness of cerebral palsy helps increase access to medical care, education and other services. This ultimately leads to improved quality of life for those affected by or living with this condition.</p></div></div>

5 Unveiled Facts About Cerebral Palsy Awareness

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cerebral Palsy affects muscle coordination</h3><p class='facts-content'>Cerebral Palsy is primarily characterized by impairment of muscle tone, mobility impairment because of brain damage. This occurs because the brain's ability to control the body and coordinate muscle movement is compromised.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cerebral Palsy is a non-progressive disorder</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite its lifelong implications, cerebral palsy is considered a non-progressive disorder, meaning the brain damage does not worsen over time. However, the symptoms can change over a person's lifetime.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cerebral Palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cerebral Palsy is the most common motor disability occurring in childhood. It's estimated that around 1 in 345 children in the United States have this condition.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cerebral Palsy has varying severity levels</h3><p class='facts-content'>The severity of cerebral palsy varies greatly from person to person. Some individuals with cerebral palsy can perform most physical activities, while others may need assistance with basic motor functions like walking or catching a ball.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Early signs of Cerebral Palsy usually appear before the age of 3</h3><p class='facts-content'>In most cases, early signs of Cerebral Palsy - such as abnormal posture, reflex abnormalities, and muscle tone anomalies - manifest before a child turns 3. Early recognition helps in proper management and therapy.</p></div></div>

National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month FAQs

When is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month?

National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month is celebrated on March 1 every year. In 2024, National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month will begin on a Friday.

National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Mar 1

Wednesday

2024

Mar 1

Friday

2025

Mar 1

Saturday

2026

Mar 1

Sunday

2027

Mar 1

Monday

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