UCP Horrified Over Video Depicting Beating of 16-Year-Old with Cerebral Palsy

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UCP Horrified Over Video Depicting Beating of 16-Year-Old with Cerebral Palsy

Washington, DC (Nov. 4, 2011) – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), an international service provider and advocate for children and adults with a spectrum of disabilities, watched with great horror the video depicting a then-16-year-old with cerebral palsy being beaten with a belt by her father. While we don’t know all the facts of the case, there is no justification for the extreme violence depicted on this video. Too often children with disabilities encounter abuse at the hands of those who are supposed to care for them. UCP will watch with great interest the unfolding of this case in hopes that a clear message is sent that inflicting this kind of physical harm is never justified.

About United Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services 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 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.

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