Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

8th March 2021 Clinical Negligence

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, and a good time to reflect on the challenges that are faced everyday by those living with cerebral palsy, not just during a time of national crisis.

Cerebral palsy is primarily a movement disorder caused by brain damage sustained during pregnancy, birth or the first few weeks of life. It results in a broad spectrum of physical disabilities which typically restrict movement and co-ordination. The condition varies from very mild to very severe but most people with cerebral palsy will have some noticeable form of disability. 

Many of the challenges experienced by those with CP are due to a lack of understanding and awareness amongst the public and organisations. Whilst attitudes are changing, accessibility to the workplace, leisure activities and education continues to present daily challenges.

People living with cerebral palsy are incredibly adaptable, and their families incredibly dedicated to providing the best possible quality of life. In my experience of working on behalf of children with cerebral palsy and their families, they are willing to grab every opportunity they can to participate in a full and meaningful life. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about further challenges for those living with CP, including isolation and restricted access to care and therapies. Many of whom I and others at JMW have represented fall into this category, and this disruption often also affects their parents, siblings and wider family.

CP Awareness month provides an opportunity to highlight these difficulties and to celebrate the work done by charities to provide crucial support.

It has been encouraging to see cerebral palsy charities such as Rainbow Hub, Bobath and CP Sport do their utmost to reach out to the community, even if that needed to be in a virtual sense for a time.

This Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month we would like to inform and educate people about the many different faces of cerebral palsy. Please browse our Cerebral Palsy Hub for more information and inspiring stories of people striving to overcome the challenges they face.

 

 

 

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