October 6th is marked as World Cerebral Palsy Day, raising awareness, educating, and bringing attention to the specific needs of those with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is a group of lifelong disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. It is the most common motor disability in childhood and is caused by abnormal development of part of the brain or by damage to parts of the brain that control movement. There are more than 17 million people across the world living with cerebral palsy.
Although cerebral palsy is a lifelong disability, there are many treatment options and interventions available to help with the problems associated with the condition and reduce its impact on the body and the individual’s quality of life.
The good news is that many children diagnosed with cerebral palsy nowadays have the same life expectancy as any other. A lot of them have average or above-average intelligence and are mobile with or without assistance.