Take Action and Support Cerebral Palsy
World Cerebral Palsy Day is a day to remind us that there are many individuals and families that need our support. In the United States, there are about 764,000 children and adults with cerebral palsy.
Today, you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and adults with cerebral palsy. There are numerous ways to show your support.
Here are 4 ways that you can get involved:
1. Learn About Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a physical disability that affects movement and posture. CP is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.
2. Participate in Events That Help Support Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy organizations depend on your support to continue to fund the programs that benefit the families who have children with CP. Participating in a fun event with friends and family is a great way to meet others that are equally as passionate about the cause.
- Lake Scary 5K Run/Walk for Cerebral Palsy – this annual run/walk is sponsored by UCP of Central Florida. It happens on 11/04.
- Walk With Me Orlando – this family fun walk is presented by the Century 21 Professional Group. It happens on 10/14.
For more information on events in your area feel free to contact us.
3. Provide Respite for Caregivers
Parents of children with cerebral palsy spend an enormous amount of time providing daily care. It is vital for parents to find time to take care of themselves. In order to be good caregivers, parents need to make sure they are physically and emotionally healthy.
There are several organizations such as David’s Refuge in New York that offer a place of respite, free of charge, to parents and guardians who care for children with special needs. If there isn’t a place like David’s Refuge near you, be proactive and ask a parent or guardian to allow you to help for a few hours while they take time to re-energize.
You can read more about 4 parents that openly share their experience about caring for a child with CP here.
4. Donate to Cerebral Palsy Charities
When making a donation to a cerebral palsy charity, you want to make sure it goes to a reputable organization. When donating to a charity, like UCP or Easter Seals, you will help fund CP programs such as after-school programs for children or day care programs for adults.
The other type of organization that you can donate to is a research facility, for example, those doing stem cell research. Make sure to ask for a donation receipt for tax purposes if you donate more than $250.