World Cerebral Palsy Day

World Cerebral Palsy Day, we ask people around the world to come together to celebrate and support those living with cerebral palsy, embrace diversity and to help create a more accessible future for everyone. There are over 1 billion people around the world who live with a disability. Yet we still navigate a world that is not designed to be accessible.


  • There are more than 17 million people across the world living with cerebral palsy. Another 350 million people are closely connected to a child or adult with cerebral palsy. It is the most common physical disability in childhood. Cerebral palsy is a permanent disability that affects movement. Its impact can range from a weakness in one hand, to almost a complete lack of voluntary movement.
  • Cerebral palsy is one of the least understood disabilities and people with cerebral palsy are often out of sight, out of mind and out of options in communities around the world.
  • World Cerebral Palsy Day on 6 October was created by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in 2012 and now brings together people living with cerebral palsy, their families, allies, supporters and organizations across more than 100 countries. All with the aim to ensure a future in which children and adults with cerebral palsy have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society.
  • This World Cerebral Palsy Day, we are on the search to find the next breakthrough in accessible technology and there is no one is better to help us than the cerebral palsy community, made up of millions of individuals with creative ideas and lived experience.
  • Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disability and there is no known cure.
  • It is a complex disability:
    • 1 in 4 children with cerebral palsy cannot talk
    • 1 in 4 cannot walk
    • 1 in 2 have an intellectual disability
    • 1 in 4 have epilepsy.

How to observe:

  • Whether you’re a person with cerebral palsy or a friend, family member, colleague or supporter of someone living with cerebral palsy, there is something everyone can get involved in!
  • Submit an idea for an accessible technology solution here and invite others to do the same from 29 August – 29 September 2022
    • View the gallery of ideas and share it with others
  • Raise awareness about the importance of accessible technology solutions for people with cerebral palsy and the wider disability community


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Every hour, a miracle-of-a-human is born with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for a collection of disabilities, and everyone who has it has a different life and a different way of going about their day-to-day. There are people with cerebral palsy who are speakers, activists, authors, poets, actors, Olympic athletes, comedians, skateboarders, and more, despite and because-of having cerebral palsy. There are also those who aren’t in the public eye but conquer equally as great daily challenges that come easily to people without disabilities.

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