Join UCP in Helping to Spread Awareness for World CP Day on October 7!

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is one of the most complex and often misunderstood neurological disabilities across the world. CP affects each individual differently, with symptoms ranging in severity, from weakness in the limbs to complete lack of motor function. CP can come in many forms: Spastic (the most common), Ataxic, Syskinetic, or even a combination of types. Common signs of CP can include: a “floppy” appearance (specifically in the limbs), a delay in reaching milestones (like crawling or walking), or other delays.WCPD_CP_Diagnosis_Treatment_USA 

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Cultural beliefs are different around the world and for some, having a disability carries a cultural and social stigma. This can often lead to isolation of the individual with CP or shame on the mother.The stigma can have many ripple effects for the family of the person with CP or any other disability. One of the goals of World CP Day is to help make the public aware of CP and to help to end the misconceptions that surround it.

CP is a lifelong disability and there is no cure. Treatment for cerebral palsy can come in a range of different methods. If there are no steps taken to treat it, CP may cause the joints to worsen over time. Treatments can include both physical and occupational therapies.

UCP is proud to be apart of World CP Day on October 7 and the movement to help better understand Cerebral Palsy and the 17 million people worldwide who have it.

Change the World, Win Prizes

WCPD14_Logo_USA_HRThe World Cerebral Palsy Day “Invent It” contest is heating up and there are big prizes out there for the best idea. Do you have an idea that could “Change the World in One Minute” for someone with a disability?

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a global awareness and innovation project designed to gather ideas from people living with CP and their supporters and to make the best of those ideas a reality. The first World CP Day in 2012 generated more than 470 ideas for a global competition to prototype them. The winning idea was a solar powered wheelchair inspired by a submission from a man in Turkey and turned into reality by a team at the University of Virginia. World CP Day represents people-power at its best. Who knows, your idea could the one that changes the world for a person with a disability and earn you up to $30,000 in prize money!

All you have to do it submit your idea via text or a short video that can be read or viewed in one minute by October 31. Just visit www.worldcpday.org to submit your idea for what might change the world for a person living with CP or another disability. Ideas will be judged this fall and a call will go out for inventors, innovators and engineers to create designs or prototypes for the winning ideas in January. Winners will be announced in June and awarded their prize.

However, winning it all is not the only way to win. Spot prizes of Apple iPads will be given away during September and October to the most creative and innovative ideas to date and a popular vote contest will be held via social media in October will receive a $500 People’s Choice Award. So, don’t dealy – get your ideas in to www.worldcpday.org today.

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Share your ideas and help to change the world for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities

Washington, D.C. (October 2, 2013) – Do you have an idea that could change the world for the 17 million people around the globe living with cerebral palsy (CP)? Now’s your chance to submit your idea, and it may become reality.

To celebrate the second annual World Cerebral Palsy Day on Wednesday, October 2, people are being asked to suggest something that if developed, adapted or changed, would make life easier for people with CP and other disabilities. You can film or write your idea and submit it on the World CP Day website— the only requirement is that it takes one minute or less to watch or read, and be sure to vote for the ideas you think are best!

More than 260 ideas have already been submitted, ranging from a gym modified for people with disabilities to portable, lightweight ramps to increase accessibility for individuals in wheelchairs. Last year, a team that built a solar-powered wheelchair won the top prize. At the end of October, three ideas will be selected for the shortlist—and inventors, creators and hackers will have the chance to bring your ideas to life. The best creations will compete for a share of $50,000 in prize money.

With an estimated 17 million people around the world that have CP and another 350 million people that are closely connected to a child or adult with CP, there should be no shortage of ideas. UCP urges everyone who has cerebral palsy or any disability, or is connected to a child or adult with a disability, to think about the daily challenges they face, come up with ideas to solve them, and submit those ideas online.

“United Cerebral Palsy is thrilled to be celebrating the second annual World CP Day, and we hope that you will join us and our partners around the world as we work to change the world for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities,” said Stephen Bennett, former President and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy. “It’s easy to get involved by spreading the word, submitting your ideas and voting for the ideas you think will make a real difference for people— and maybe your idea will be chosen to be brought to life!”

To submit an idea, go to www.worldcpday.org through October 31.

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About United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services through an affiliate network to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Together with nearly 100 affiliates, UCP has a mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities by supporting more than 176,000 children and adults every day—one person at a time, one family at a time. UCP works to enact real change—to revolutionize care, raise standards of living and create opportunities—impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities. For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers, UCP will continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to dream their own dreams, for the next 60 years, and beyond. For more information, please visit www.ucp.org.