What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy refers to a group of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. CP affects people in many different ways and can affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture, and balance. Although there is no cure for Cerebral Palsy, some of the signs of CP can improve or worsen over time. People with Cerebral Palsy may also have any of the following: visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy, and intellectual impairments.

 

Fun Facts About Cerebral Palsy:

  • Every 15 hours an Australian child is born with Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood, affecting about 34,000 people in Australia and 17 million worldwide
  • 1 in every 500 Australian babies are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy

 

 

SOURCE: Cerebral Palsy Alliance