Cerebral Palsy Awareness
Earlier this month we observed World Cerebral Palsy Day or World CP Day. Let's unite and use our voices to bring attention to CP (Cerebral Palsy).
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral means “of the brain” and Palsy means a “lack of muscle control”.
Cerebral Palsy is a type of physical disability that affects a person's movement.
CP is one of the most common types of physical disability. There are over thirty-four thousand people in Australia with CP.
According to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Cerebral Palsy is a life-long physical disability due to injury of the developing brain. In most cases, brain injury leading to cerebral palsy occurs during pregnancy or at birth. There is no known cure.
How does Cerebral Palsy affect people?
CP is different for everyone. Except for in its mildest forms, it can usually be identified in the first 12-18 months of life. CP can range from weakness in one hand to an almost complete lack of voluntary movements, and can often be accompanied by additional disabilities. Severe CP can lead to difficulties in breathing, bladder control, and digestive issues.
The most common presentation of cerebral palsy or CP is called spastic hemiplegia, where one-half of the body has difficulty with voluntary movements. About 40% of people with CP have this type.
How can I show support for the Cerebral Palsy community?
Worldwide there are over 17 million people with CP. Cerebral Palsy Awareness creates action around CP. By joining this cause, we can help those with CP have the same opportunities and rights as everyone else. Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood physical disability. To support Australians with Cerebral Palsy, you can donate to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
Whether you, a friend or a loved one is living with Cerebral Palsy, everyone can get involved. Another way you can show your support is by gifting a loved one a mobility aid or assistive technology. Many assistive aids are adjustable for a specific fit or individual needs. Assistive devices impact and improve the quality of life for both kids and adults.
At eBility, we understand the positive impact assistive aids and equipment can make for the CP community. This is why we are the leading accessible marketplace for disability aids.
eBility is here to make it quick and easy for people with disabilities to find new and used high-quality products.
Learn more: Facts about Cerebral Palsy (CP Alliance)