World Cerebral Palsy Day 2017

DATE: 6 October 2017

World Cerebral Palsy Day 2017

Each year, World Cerebral Palsy Day (6 October) brings together people with cerebral palsy, their families, and the organisations that support them.

Each year, World Cerebral Palsy Day (6 October) brings together people with cerebral palsy, their families, and the organisations that support them. 

The day is celebrated in more than 60 countries and aims to ensure that children and adults with cerebral palsy (CP) have the same rights, access and opportunities as everyone else in society.

Globally, there are 17 million people across the world living with CP and it is the most common physical disability in childhood. CP is a permanent disability that affects movement and can range from a weakness in one hand to a complete lack of voluntary movement.  It is a lifelong disability with no known cure.

World Cerebral Palsy Day is an opportunity to:

  • Celebrate and express pride in the lives and achievements of those with CP and the people and the organisations that support them .
  • Create a powerful voice for those with CP to change their world.
  • Create new solutions to everyday problem.
  • Act as a catalyst for social change and education campaigns that create solutions to universal challenges.
  • Produce tangible, actions and outcomes that measurably improve the lives of those with CP.
  • Raise awareness of CP and the issues that affect people with CP at a local, national and international level to create more inclusive societies.

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