National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month
March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, a month designated to bring attention to this all-too-common disorder and the ongoing research efforts to find new treatments and possibly, a cure. At the Cerebral Palsy Family Network, we are proud to promote these efforts and be a part of such an important cause.
In 2011, the United States Senate designated March 25 as National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. The day was created to encourage all people in the United States to become more informed and aware of cerebral palsy. According to the resolution:
- Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to 1 or more specific areas of the brain, which usually occurs during fetal development, before, during, or shortly after birth, or during infancy
- The majority of children who have cerebral palsy are born with the disorder, although cerebral palsy may remain undetected for months or years
- 75 percent of people with cerebral palsy also have 1 or more developmental disabilities, including epilepsy, intellectual disability, autism, visual impairment, and blindness
- Cerebral palsy is increasingly prevalent, occurring in about 1 in 278 children
- Approximately 800,000 people in the United States are affected by cerebral palsy
We hope these adorable kids bring a smile to your face and brighten your day! To see your child in an upcoming “Faces of Cerebral Palsy” video, submit your photo on our Facebook page.