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Raising Cerebral Palsy Awareness Across 50 Countries

The first Wednesday in October marks a very special day for members of the CP community. On October 5th, people from around the world will be coming together to help improve the lives of those affected by cerebral palsy.

What is World CP Day?

World CP Day is an international movement created to bring appreciation and awareness to people living with cerebral palsy. The movement spans across 50 countries, all of which are banning together to spread the message of CP awareness and support.

“Our vision is to ensure that children and adults with cerebral palsy (CP) have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society. It is only together, that we can make that happen.” – worldcpday.org

The international campaign was created by the World Cerebral Palsy Initiative, a nonprofit organization that advocates for global change.

The World CP Day movement was started in 2012 with a focus on developing new products and services that would improve the lives of those with cerebral palsy. The organization originally teamed up with the “Change My World in 1 Minute” campaign, which encourages designers and engineers to create products that would improve daily life for people with CP.

Joining The Movement

In the 4 years since its debut, World CP Day has made tremendous strides towards securing equal rights, access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities. While based in advocacy, there are a number of other opportunities that people can take advantage of this October 5th.

World CP Day encourages participants to:

  1. Celebrate the achievements of people with CP and the support organizations that advocate on their behalf
  2. Start a powerful conversation about cerebral palsy and create a voice for those who are impacted by this disorder
  3. Allow international organizations to come together to better address the needs of those with CP
  4. Generate innovative medical, technical and educational solutions to common challenges that people with CP face
  5. Create social and legal campaigns that works towards addressing and implementing real change

Preparing For October 5th

There are many things that people can do to get involved on World CP Day. Whether it’s on social media or in the streets of major cities, people from around the world will be coming together to address important issues surrounding CP.

“Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood and is also one of the least understood. There are over 17 million people living with CP and 350 million families, friends and supporters who care about them. But in many countries, people with CP are ‘invisible.’ They live out of sight, out of mind and out of options,” explained Robyn Cummins, World CP Day Manager, 2015.

Get involved this World CP Day by:

  • Sharing your support on social media using the hashtag #WorldCPDay
  • Taking a photo of yourself and posting it to the “I Am Here” story map (available on worldcpday.org)
  • Organizing a CP walk in your town, city, or state
  • Wearing the color green, the official color for CP awareness
  • Writing your local politicians and news publications to encourage them to cover World CP Day

For more information on the campaign and how you can get involved, visit worldcpday.org.