World Cerebral Palsy Day is celebrated on Saturday 6th October 2018. The main aims of the day are to raise awareness of cerebral palsy. To ensure that children and adults with cerebral palsy are not discriminated against and receive the same rights and opportunities as the rest of our society, and also to celebrate the lives and achievements of those both who suffer from cerebral palsy and the individuals and organisations who support them.
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disability affecting around 17 million people throughout the world. At this time there is no known cure. It is a complex disability that can vary in effect from one individual to another with symptoms ranging from weakness in one hand to a complete lack of voluntary movement throughout the body.
Launched in 2012 by Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Australia and United Cerebral Palsy in the USA, World Cerebral Palsy Day is now organised by the World Cerebral Palsy Initiative, a not for profit organisation made up of cerebral palsy organisations throughout the world.
If you would like to get involved in World Cerebral Palsy Day, the official website www.worldcpday.org has a range of resources including further information about cerebral palsy itself, resources for schools, and a variety of downloadable materials.