What should everyone know about cerebral palsy?

Man with teenager with cerebral palsy
Jamie from our school in Wales. Jamie has cerebral palsy and wants to be an actor when he leaves school.

This Wednesday is World Cerebral Palsy Day. At Scope our wide range of services and activities are on offer to all disabled people. However, our history is based around cerebral palsy and we retain a particular specialism in this area. Scope offers home visits for parents of children newly diagnosed with cerebral palsy and lots of detailed information about the condition.

Awareness days like World Cerebral Palsy Day are great opportunities to talk about and challenge misconceptions people have about conditions just like we did with World Down Syndrome Day, Learning Disability Week and World Autism Awareness Day. This year we’d like to hear from you!

What things do you think everyone should know about cerebral palsy? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or on Facebook.

Here are some messages we’ve had on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Sandrararah/status/385027692170850304

6 thoughts on “What should everyone know about cerebral palsy?”

  1. MY grandson has cp and because he cant talk he understands what u say to h im he is a cheeky boy and so beautiful he is 8 years old and we love him so much

  2. My son has quadraplegic c.p and is in a wheelchair. This however has not stopped him climbing mountains, canoeing down rivers and raising money for his school. He goes to football, cricket, the theatre and lots of other events. Disability does not stop you achieving your dreams, it just changes the way you get there

  3. Just because someone has CP it doesn’t mean they are deaf or don’t understand what you say. Speak directly to someone, not about them, and not to their carer as if they aren’t present.

  4. It’s not just about being in pain, going to stretch groups or wearing splints or having Botox, it’s about understanding what the person that suffers with Cerebral Palsy goes through daily ie mixing with other people and behavoural and learning difficulties and showing them that you love and care for them and that you’re there for them whenever they need you.

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