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World Cerebral Palsy Day

Show your support for those living with cerebral palsy on World Cerebral Palsy Day - donate, share stories, and join the movement to create a disability-inclusive world!
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Join the global community in celebrating World Cerebral Palsy Day on Oct. 6! This day was created to bring awareness to cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects thousands of people around the world each year. World Cerebral Palsy Day has been celebrated since 2011 and is an opportunity for those with CP and their families and friends to come together and show support for one another.

History of World Cerebral Palsy Day

World Cerebral Palsy Day Dates

World Cerebral Palsy Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Identification of Cerebral Palsy</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the mid-1800s, English surgeon William Little first identified cerebral palsy as a distinct medical condition.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1948</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>American Academy for Cerebral Palsy</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy (later renamed American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine) was established to enhance research and treatment.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>United Cerebral Palsy Telethon</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first nationally broadcast telethon for cerebral palsy, hosted by United Cerebral Palsy, took place, raising awareness and funds.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World CP Day Idea Development</div><div class='timeline-text'>Development of a global day devoted to cerebral palsy began with initial recognition of need and planning by cerebral palsy organizations.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Celebration of World CP Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first World Cerebral Palsy Day was celebrated globally, establishing a tradition of raising awareness and support for those with CP.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2021</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>10 Years of World CP Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Cerebral Palsy Day celebrated its 10th year, marking a decade of global awareness, support, and improvements for people living with CP.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Cerebral Palsy Day

<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'>Educate yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Learn more about cerebral palsy and how it affects individuals. Research the different types, treatments available, and ways people can live their best life with cerebral palsy.</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'>Host an awareness event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Whether it is a walk, run, or a party, host an event to bring awareness to the condition. Invite family and friends to join you and share your knowledge about cerebral palsy.</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 a cause</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your support by donating to organizations that help those with cerebral palsy. This could include donating funds or time to volunteer.</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'>Spread the word</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share information on social media about the condition and how people can get involved in spreading awareness. Encourage others to learn more and support those living with cerebral palsy.</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'>Write letters</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Write letters to local politicians or organizations advocating for better treatment and care for those living with cerebral palsy.</p></div></div>

Why World Cerebral Palsy Day 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'>World Cerebral Palsy Day raises awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Cerebral Palsy Day is a day to raise awareness for this condition and all those who are affected by it. By spreading information and facts about this condition, we can help reduce the stigma associated with it and encourage others to be more understanding and supportive of those living with cerebral palsy.</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'>World Cerebral Palsy Day promotes acceptance</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The celebration of World Cerebral Palsy Day provides an opportunity to promote acceptance and respect for individuals with cerebral palsy in our communities. Through education, advocacy and mutual support initiatives, we can create a world where everyone, regardless of ability, can live life to their fullest potential.</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'>World Cerebral Palsy Day serves as an essential reminder</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Cerebral Palsy Day reminds us that we must do our part to ensure that everyone is afforded the same rights and opportunities - regardless of ability. We must strive to ensure access to quality medical care and other essential services for those living with cerebral palsy, so they can achieve full inclusion within society.</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts for World Cerebral Palsy Day

<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 is the most common motor disability in childhood</h3><p class='facts-content'>Around the world, cerebral palsy (CP) affects 17 million people, making it the most common motor disability in childhood, affecting muscle tone, movement, and motor skills.</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" means "brain paralysis"</h3><p class='facts-content'>The term "cerebral palsy" comes from the words "cerebral," meaning brain, and "palsy," meaning paralysis. Despite the name, it does not mean the brain is paralysed. It refers to a group of disorders that affect muscle control due to brain damage.</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 a non-progressive disorder</h3><p class='facts-content'>While the primary insult in the brain does not worsen over time, new symptoms can appear at any age due to the body's changing mechanics. Early intervention services help manage these issues.</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'>Birth complications aren't the only cause of CP</h3><p class='facts-content'>Only a small percentage of cerebral palsy cases are due to complications at birth. Other causes include genetic abnormalities, infections during pregnancy, infant stroke or severe jaundice, and injuries to a young developing brain.</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'>Many people with CP live fulfilling lives</h3><p class='facts-content'>Even with the motor impairments associated with cerebral palsy, many individuals lead rich, fulfilling lives. With the right support and resources, they go on to have successful careers, meaningful family lives, and make significant contributions to society.</p></div></div>

World Cerebral Palsy Day FAQs

When is World Cerebral Palsy Day?

World Cerebral Palsy Day is celebrated on October 6 every year. In 2024 World Cerebral Palsy Day will occur on a Sunday.

World Cerebral Palsy Day Dates

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2023

Oct 6

Friday

2024

Oct 6

Sunday

2025

Oct 6

Monday

2026

Oct 6

Tuesday

2027

Oct 6

Wednesday

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