On October 6th, people around the globe will join together with the organizations that support them to celebrate World CP Day. This isn’t just a day to spread awareness about Cerebral Palsy. Rather, it’s a chance to:
1. Celebrate and express pride in the lives and achievements of those with CP and the people and the organizations that support them
2. Create a powerful voice for those with CP to change their world
3. Connect organizations across the globe so they are better equipped to meet the needs of those with CP
4. Create new solutions to everyday problems
5. Act as a catalyst for social change and education campaigns that create solutions to universal challenges
6. Produce tangible actions and outcomes that measurably improve the lives of those with CP
7. Raise awareness of CP and the issues that affect people with CP at a local, national and international level to create more inclusive societies (see https://worldcpday.org/about-us/)
“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
Cerebral Palsy is not receiving the attention it deserves. As a result, doctors are often hesitant to make a proper diagnosis, people are not receiving the correct treatment, families don’t have easy access to information and support, and research is not sufficiently funded. World CP Day is an opportunity to make our voices heard, by telling the world that “We Are Here.”
In an effort to help spread awareness and encourage parents to participate in the “We Are Here” campaign, NAPA will be hosting a Facebook contest.
Here is how it works:
On October 7th, NAPA will review all of the submissions and will award two families a $250 credit towards therapy, with one family receiving a $500 credit to be used at our clinic.
In addition, all of our locations will be participating by supplying printouts and writing materials at our front desks, making it as easy as possible for families to participate!
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a disability that impairs one’s motor skills, movement, and muscle tone. It is one of the most common types of congenital (occurring before or during birth) disorders of childhood, with physical impairments ranging from mild to severe. Some may have difficulty with balance and coordination, causing shaky movements. Others may be completely devoid of voluntary movement. Cerebral Palsy can additionally cause epilepsy as well as intellectual, speech, visual, learning, and hearing issues. Today, 17 million people in the world are living with Cerebral Palsy. It is a lifelong disability, with no known cure.
For more information on World CP Day please click here. We look forward to seeing your submissions and uniting for this amazing cause!