Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day and the global movement seeks to create more awareness about CP through its I am Here! We are Here! … and we want the World to Know!
“Let’s create a powerful message that starts with the words: I AM HERE… or WE ARE HERE… to advocate for
change, surface ideas and celebrate achievements,” said Robyn Cummins, World Cerebral Palsy Day Manager.
Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood physical disability (affecting an average of one in every 500 people). There are over 17 million people living with CP, tens of millions of family members devoting their lives to the care of their loved ones, and tens of thousands of doctors and therapists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of CP.
When people with CP have the same opportunity as everyone else to live up to their potential, they prove how significant it can be—not just for individuals with CP, but for everyone in the society’s in which they live.
SIX AREAS FOR ACTION, IDEAS AND CELEBRATION
The World CP Day movement is tarting these six key issues that affect the lives of people with CP globally
1. Public Awareness—Putting an end to ignorance and the stigma it can create, by building a true understanding of what CP is (and is not). The objective is nothing less than to create cultural change so that everyone in a society embraces people with CP as brothers, sisters and full citizens.
2. Civil Rights—Ensuring that government officials at the local, regional and national level will move beyond passing proclamations, and take concrete action to guarantee that our basic rights, our full citizenship and our individual opportunities are real and cannot be taken away.
3. Medical/Therapeutic—The very best information for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of CP so doctors and therapists can make better decisions earlier in the process and provide everyone with CP the best possible assistance in living the fullest possible life.
4. Quality of Life—The most useful advice, support and inspiration for our community, our families and others who help us. Not just to help each of us “survive” the challenges, but to ensure we all thrive and can find enjoyment and fulfillment in life.
5. Education—Helping all educators create an experience that will encourage the broader community
to embrace people with CP, and provide an education to members of the CP community that is
equal to that of every other citizen of the societies in which we live.
6. Making our Contribution—Each of us has a unique ability to contribute economically, artistically, socially and/or politically. Not being able to make that contribution is not just a matter of personal loss; it is a matter of robbing our entire society and culture of something that is essential to its
ability to flourish.
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