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Global Celebrations for Inaugural World Cerebral Palsy Day
Children and adults from all corners of the globe are celebrating in unison today to mark the inaugural World Cerebral Palsy Day, September 4, 2012.
Joanne Dorn from Canada’s Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta said the day is an opportunity for everyone to actively help change the world for people with CP. “We want the world’s best minds to take just one minute to think about something that could be developed or invented to make life easier for people with cerebral palsy,” Ms. Dorn said.
“Ideas already posted online include a smart-phone app identifying accessible transport, bathrooms and restaurants in major cities around the world; and a specially design car that enables a wheelchair to go straight into the drivers’ space. With the best ideas seed-funded for development by this time next year, this really is people power at its best,” she said.
Ideas can be posted online at http://www.worldcpday.org until the end of September. Anyone can go online, post an idea and vote on their favourites from around the world. An international committee will then select the best ideas and put them to developers and inventors to be turned into reality.
“17 million people around the world have cerebral palsy and another 350 million people are closely connected to a child or adult with CP, so there should be no shortage of ideas or people voting,” Ms. Dorn said. “Who knows from what corner of the globe the best ideas will come, or which ideas will be voted as the most popular.”
International celebrations for World CP Day include open days, picnics and special events–all designed to put the international spotlight on the condition of cerebral palsy which is the most common physical disability in childhood.
Director of Development, Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
Phone: (403) 219-3603, toll free 1-800-363-2807
Fax: (403) 543-1168