October 6th is World Cerebral Palsy Day. This is a great day to raise awareness and learn how you can be an ally for individuals with Cerebral Palsy. It is important to understand what Cerebral Palsy is and how it affects the lives of many individuals. We are going to share with you more about Cerebral Palsy and how you can become an ally!

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a group of neurological disorders that affect a person in multiple ways. Cerebral Palsy affects a person's ability to move and maintain balance. Cerebral Palsy is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the brain when it is developing. Diagnosis can happen anywhere from early infancy or later in their toddler years. The severity of the effects of Cerebral Palsy depends on the extent of the injury or abnormal development of the brain and it may worsen as the individual ages.

How to be a Cerebral Palsy Ally

  1. Be cautious and aware of the language you are using and try to be self-aware of your words and actions, always be respectful to those around you.
  2. Donate to fundraisers and Cerebral Palsy research – United Cerebral Palsy is a great organization that is committed to being a resource for individuals with Cerebral Palsy.
  3. Celebrate World Cerebral Palsy Day – learn more about what you can do to observe this day here!
  4. Educate yourself and people around you about Cerebral Palsy. Here are a few links:
  5. If you can, speak with individuals that have Cerebral Palsy and learn more about their story.

Being an ally for individuals with Cerebral Palsy is so important to show support and to raise awareness. This October, take some time to learn more about Cerebral Palsy and what you can do to help not just in October but all the time!