Facts about Cerebral Palsy

Facts about Cerebral Palsy

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  • Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability in Australia and can be one of the most expensive to manage.
  • CP is not a disease and it is not contagious.
  • Currently there is no known cure and no pre-birth test.
  • Most children with CP can expect a normal life span.
  • In Australia it is estimated that a child is born with CP every 15 hours.
  • 1 child in 500 will develop CP and the number is unchanged over many years, though the severity level is on the increase.
  • There are around 34,000 people with cerebral palsy in Australia.
  • CP can be as mild as just a weakness in one hand ranging to an almost complete lack of movement.
  • Some people with CP may also have vision, hearing and speech impairments.
  • At least 2/3 of children with CP have movement difficulties affecting one or both arms which impacts their daily activities.
  • The majority of children with CP have profound and severe activity limitations:
    • Nearly 2/3 have self-care limitations (64.7%)
    • Over 1/2 have mobility limitations (52.7%)
    • Over 1/3 have communication limitations (39.9%)
  • Cerebral palsy can be more disabling and have a higher disability burden than being blind, deaf, asthmatic, diabetic, or having heart failure or localized cancer.