Staff and visitors to the Freddie Farmer Foundation celebrated World Cerebral Palsy Day at the Freddie Farmer Foundation Physiotherapy Centre on 6th October 2017 to celebrate the lives and achievements of those with cerebral palsy and to raise awareness around the issues that affect people with cerebral palsy.
At Freddie Farmer Foundation, we provide support to approximately 60 children with cerebral palsy to take paediatric physical therapy to a whole new level by combining specialist equipment and therapeutic exercises using techniques pioneered in Poland.
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for a group of motor disorders caused by damage to the developing brain occurring before, during or immediately after birth. Depending on the part of the brain affected and the severity of the damage, this will cause difficulties primarily with the control of movement and posture, mobility and sensory processing. It may also affect communication, social, self-care and learning skills, and often occurs alongside medical conditions such as epilepsy. Approximately three babies in every 1,000 are born with the condition, making cerebral palsy the most common motor disability in childhood.
World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement of people with cerebral palsy and their families, and the organisations that support them, in more than 60 countries. The vision is to ensure that children and adults with cerebral palsy have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society.
To find out more, visit the World Cerebral Palsy Day website.