What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a physical disability that affects movement and posture.

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ce•re•bral / of the brain
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pal•sy / lack of muscle control

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move. It is due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

Cerebral palsy affects people in different ways and can affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. Although cerebral palsy is a permanent life-long condition, some of these signs of cerebral palsy can improve or worsen over time.

People who have cerebral palsy may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments.

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a baby is born with cerebral palsy


Cerebral palsy is the most common physical
disability in childhood.

1 million people are living with CP in US

18 million people worldwide

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In the United States, it is estimated that there are approximately 1 million people living with cerebral palsy. Worldwide, the incidence of cerebral palsy is 1 in 500 births. There are currently 18 million people in the world who have cerebral palsy.