As you may know, today is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. Earlier this month, United Cerebral Palsy’s (UCP) My Life Without Limits program partnered with Ms. Wheelchair Michigan, The Cerebral Palsy Swagger, HandicapThis! and LoveThatMax.com to help spread cerebral palsy (CP) awareness using the hashtag #CerebralPalsyCan on social media.
March is National CP Awareness Month and we launched the campaign with a video (below) to show the many things that people with CP enjoy and can do.
CP is a broad diagnostic term used to describe a problem with movement and posture, due to damage or abnormalities in the brain that makes certain activities difficult. It is the most common motor disorder and the second-most common disability found in children. There are 17 million people worldwide with CP. While there currently is no cure for CP, there are a number of treatment options, including therapy, orthotics and surgery. There are various types of CP, including spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic and a mix of types.
We wanted to help others learn more about CP– particularly its diversity. The video features a diverse group of individuals with CP telling and showing what they do, such as their various hobbies and careers. UCP and our partners launched the video and encouraged others to join in and share their own videos on social media using the #CerebralPalsyCan hashtag. Today, we are excited to highlight some of the submissions received throughout the month. Check them out below!
As we hope you’ll see, there are many types of CP and people with CP enjoy and can do many things (basically, the same as everyone else!). We encourage you to continue spreading awareness for CP and other disabilities. If you have any questions or want to learn more about CP, visit the links below. In the meantime, keep a lookout for Steptember and World Cerebral Palsy Day (October 7, 2015) later this year!
Here’s one more video, from Ian Silverman, American gold medalist at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. #CerebralPalsyCan.
United Cerebral Palsy: http://ucp.org
My Life Without Limits: http://mylifewithoutlimits.org
Love That Max: A Special Needs Blog: http://www.lovethatmax.com
The Cerebral Palsy Swagger: http://cpswag.blog.com
Ms. Wheelchair Michigan: http://www.mswheelchairamerica.org