What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood.

Cerebral Palsy is caused because of an abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a persons ability to contol their muscles.

CP symptoms vary from person to person. Someone with severe symptoms may be unable to walk and need lifelong care, but a person with mild CP may just walk awkwardly. Although CP does not get more severe over time, the exact symptoms can change as a person ages.

All people with CP have problems with movement and posture, with many also having related conditions such as seizures, problems with vision, hearing, speech, changes in the spine (scoliosis) or joint problems.

No Barriers, No Borders, Just determination… With Cerebral Palsy (and a little support) success can come in many forms.

From Miss USA to a Nicholas Hamilton – see if you can name any other celebrities that are living with Cerebral palsy

The health challenges facing Adult CP sufferers

Adult Cerebral Palsy sufferers face a range of health (and mental health) challenges, one of the main reasons that support is so desperately needed. These issues include:

Premature aging: The majority of CP sufferers will experience some form of premature aging by the time they reach their 40’s. This is because of the extra stress and strain that CP puts on their bodies.

Depression: The rate of depression is 3-4 times higher in people with disabilities such as CP. Much of this is down to the amount of emotional support available and the severity of their symptoms.

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