October 7th, 2015 is World Cerebral Palsy Day!
October 7th is World Cerebral Palsy day – a day set aside to bring about awareness of cerebral palsy as well as to help advocate for the rights of people born with the condition. There is a lot of misconception when it comes to the genesis of the disorder, as well as how to care for someone with such a disability.
This year’s World Cerebral Palsy Day’s celebrations include more than 50 countries around the world participating in a range of activities that are geared towards raising awareness. Peaceful walks in major cities across the world will be held, and talks will be had to engage the public and start a much-needed conversation.
It’s disheartening to note that even in 2015, many of the 17+ million people who were born with this condition do not have access to adequate treatment and care. This is why raising awareness of these issues is so important on a global scale.
This year’s awareness campaign looks to close the gap between the potential for change and reality when it comes to the rights and access of opportunities. Additionally, it is important to educate the public on cerebral palsy as a whole, and educate people on what it is, who it affects, and how it occurs.
Want to help? The most basic thing that we can all do is spread awareness by posting to social media. Feel free to reach out to your local United Cerebral Palsy chapter and ask what you can do to raise awareness and help those in need. Perhaps the most-effective way to help make a difference is to encourage others to donate to the cause.
For more information, visit WorldCPDay.org.