What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy is a non-progressive neuromuscular disorder that disrupts a person’s ability to move, sit, stand, walk, talk and use their hands. The severity of the movement disorder and the type of movement difficulties can vary greatly. Some individuals experience only mild difficulties with balance, walking and fine motor skills, while individuals at the other extreme are completely trapped in their own bodies, fighting rigid limbs, and unable to speak or swallow. Most people with cerebral palsy have little or no mental impairment.
Cerebral Palsy Research is Under Funded
Funding for cerebral palsy research remains low. National research funding is much less than for diseases that affect fewer people. Occurring about 2 to 3 times per 1,000 births (studies vary), Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood physical disability. People who have cerebral palsy can benefit from therapies, medications, surgeries, and other treatments. Researchers are also improving methods for detection and prevention. Remember that cerebral palsy not only affects the individual, but also their families and caregivers. Your support makes a difference!
You can find more facts about Cerebral Palsy from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.