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World Cerebral Palsy Day

World Cerebral Palsy Day is observed annually on the first Wednesday of October. Managed by a group of nonprofit Cerebral Palsy (CP) organizations called the World Cerebral Palsy Initiative, the day raises awareness about CP and brings attention to the specific needs of those living with this complex physical condition.

Is World Cerebral Palsy Day a Public Holiday?

World Cerebral Palsy Day is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Young child with Cerebral Palsy and his sister.

People with Cerebral Palsy and their loved ones need a strong support system.

©bigstockphoto.com/ Jaren Wicklund

Understanding Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is thought to be one of the most common causes of childhood disability. A non-progressive disorder, meaning that it does not worsen with age, CP is usually caused by brain injury during pregnancy or childbirth. While there is no treatment for the condition, therapy and medication can help those with CP live a fulfilling life.

Special Requirements

People with Cerebral Palsy and their families have special requirements depending on what part of their body CP affects. Some may need assistance to move around, while others may need special hearing and speaking aids. Many with more severe impairment may require an assistant to help them through the day. World Cerebral Palsy Day is an attempt to bring together innovators, educators, engineers, doctors, businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations around the world so they can help create innovative solutions for real-life and daily problems faced by those with CP.

Recognizing Achievements

One of the key goals of World Cerebral Palsy Day is to help foster an environment of inclusion and acceptance around the world and to instill confidence and a feeling of belonging to individuals with CP. Organizations around the world do this by recognizing the achievements and honoring the lives of those who struggle with CP every day. It also helps connect the loved ones of people with CP so that they can build a stronger support system.

What Happens on World Cerebral Palsy Day?

World Cerebral Palsy Day is not an official holiday, so businesses, schools, and government offices are open. CP groups organize education and outreach drives, conferences, and walks to bring attention to the condition. Medical professionals may also hold informational sessions to inform people about the risks of Cerebral Palsy and how to prevent it.

World Cerebral Palsy Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015WedOct 7World Cerebral Palsy DayWorldwide observance
2016WedOct 5World Cerebral Palsy DayWorldwide observance
2017WedOct 4World Cerebral Palsy DayWorldwide observance
2018WedOct 3World Cerebral Palsy DayWorldwide observance
2019WedOct 2World Cerebral Palsy DayWorldwide observance
2020WedOct 7World Cerebral Palsy DayWorldwide observance
2021WedOct 6World Cerebral Palsy DayWorldwide observance
2022WedOct 5World Cerebral Palsy DayWorldwide observance
2023WedOct 4World Cerebral Palsy DayWorldwide observance
2024WedOct 2World Cerebral Palsy DayWorldwide observance
2025WedOct 1World Cerebral Palsy DayWorldwide observance

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