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World Cerebral Palsy Day 2022: Theme, History & Significance

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World Cerebral Palsy Day 2022

World Cerebral Palsy Day is observed on October 6. Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong disability with no known cure. The day celebrates lives of 17 million people living with Cerebral Palsy, bringing people living with cerebral palsy, their families, allies, supporters and organisations across more than 100 countries together. In 2012, Cerebral Palsy Alliance created World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 6. The day aims to ensure that children and adults with cerebral palsy have the same rights, access and opportunities as rest of the world.

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World Cerebral Palsy Day 2022: Theme

The Theme for World Cerebral Palsy Day 2022 is “Millions of Reasons”. This year’s them highlights that there are 17 million people all over the world who are suffering from the cerebral palsy disorder.

World Cerebral Palsy Day 2022: Significance

World Cerebral Palsy Day is observed to understand the impact of the disorder. It affects infants and children alike. According to the World Cerebral Palsy Day official website, “Cerebral palsy is one of the least understood disabilities and people with cerebral palsy are often out of sight, out of mind and out of options in communities around the world. This needs to change.” The aim for this year’s 2022 Millions Of Reasons Campaign is “to embrace diversity and to help create a more accessible future for everyone.”

World Cerebral Palsy Day: History

In 1810, Dr. William John Little, the first person to study Cerebral Palsy was born. Harry Jennings built the first modern folding wheelchair in 1932. His aim was to improve the lives of those with motor impairments. 1948 marked the formation of the United Cerebral Palsy Association. It was to help people with cerebral palsy receive better diagnosis, treatment and funding. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the first major U.S. Cerebral Palsy study to understand the prevalence and impact of the disorder.

In 2012, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance designated October 6th as World Cerebral Palsy Day. The aim was to bring people living with cerebral palsy, their families, supporters and organizations together across more than 100 countries. They wanted to make sure that children and adults with cerebral palsy had the same rights, access, and opportunities as the rest of the world.

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