MORE THAN 50 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD UNITE TO COMMEMORATE WORLD CEREBRAL PALSY DAY
This Wednesday, 7th October is World Cerebral Palsy Day. This global event is held on the first Wednesday of October every year and is celebrated in more than 50 countries around the world. In Singapore, persons with cerebral palsy and their families will commemorate World Cerebral Palsy Day and participate in a carnival hosted by The Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS)
World Cerebral Palsy Day has a vision to ensure children and adults with Cerebral Palsy have the equal rights, access and opportunities from the society through the six key areas; public awareness, civil rights, medical/therapeutic rights, quality of life, education, and access to community contributions.
CPAS will be holding a carnival for beneficiaries and their families, as they celebrate the dreams, ambitions, milestones and recognise the contributions of those who have supported them on their journey. It is also a day for staff, students, teachers, trainees and theorists to come together, pen their wishes, connect with one another and to acknowledge the ongoing challenges of cerebral palsy in order to promote more resources, research, and legislations to improve their quality of life.
In conjunction with World Cerebral Palsy Day, CPAS will also be holding a “Spare Your Change” fundraising initiative on the 7th October 2015 at offices island-wide. the Alliance will be visiting workplaces with their iconic ‘Suzy Doll’ in hopes of raising money to defray expenses for their children and adults.
About Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral (brain) Palsy (lack of muscle control) is an inclusive term used to describe a group non-progressive disorders occurring in young children or adults in which damage to the brain cause impairment of motor function. The condition can be caused before or during birth, by some illness or injury to the children early in life or developed in later years. Cerebral Palsy is not curable and is non-progressive. Cerebral Palsy affects people in different ways and can affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. The degree and severity ranges from extreme tightness or looseness of the muscles of the body, improper head, shoulder or hip control to slight speech impairment. People who have cerebral palsy may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments.
The Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) was established in 1957 to provide early intervention, special education, rehabilitation services, day activity centre programmes, vocational training and gainful employment for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy in Singapore. At present, CPAS look after more than 650 clients ranging from a few months old to 65 years old.