Recognizing National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day
For the entire month of March, people have been working to raise awareness for cerebral palsy. March 25th is the culmination of this effort, with National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day!
Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive disorder that is accompanied by physical disabilities. These disabilities are due to brain damage of the portion of the brain that controls physical motion. The disorder causes muscles to be too tense in most cases, causing tremors, issues with coordination, and the deterioration of muscles and bone structure. In other cases, however, cerebral palsy can cause decreased muscle tone. CP is the most common motor disorder in children and one of the most prevalent causes of lasting disabilities.
Because cerebral palsy has no cure, it is of paramount importance that we raise awareness and funds for research into how to treat this disorder, as it can cause significant impairment in day-to-day life. Most importantly, we must raise awareness into how to prevent cerebral palsy in the first place. Understanding that the underpinnings of many cerebral palsy cases lie in birth injury and physician error will help raise awareness of the primacy of patient safety, as well as birth and delivery-related standards of care.
We must do everything in our power to support those with cerebral palsy, as well as their families. It is important to provide medically accurate information about cerebral palsy, and, for this reason, we would like to highlight a collection of information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention about cerebral palsy for your perusal. Understanding the basis of CP is the first step to destigmatizing it and helping the public understand how they can support individuals with cerebral palsy in the course of daily life.
While an Awareness Event such as National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day is an excellent way to inject disability discourse into the public consciousness, we urge those just beginning to get involved in the discussion around CP to continually seek out new information year-round. Research is ongoing, and lasting change surrounding disabilities discourse is achieved through continuous effort and education.
Lastly, we urge those who have received a cerebral palsy diagnosis and their families to explore the causes of this disorder. Navigating the medical complexities and consequences of cerebral palsy can be difficult; getting compensation for medical negligence that caused CP can help make setting up a child’s long-term care easier. Please reach out to us, or call us at 888-419-2229 for a free case review and more information.