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What is Cerebral Palsy?

Understanding Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a America’s most common motor disability in childhood, a condition caused by damage to the brain usually occurring before, during, or following birth, affecting both body movement and muscle coordination.

What is Cerebral Palsy not?

  • Cerebral Palsy is not a primary cause of death

  • Cerebral Palsy is not hereditary

  • Cerebral Palsy is not a disease

  • Cerebral Palsy is not progressive

  • Cerebral Palsy is not contagious

  • Cerebral Palsy is not curable, although training and therapy can help

There are:

  • different degrees of Cerebral Palsy, from mild to very severe

  • an estimated 4,100 people in Hawai‘i who are affected by Cerebral Palsy

  • various assistance options, including mechanical aids, surgery, medication, counseling and therapy (occupational, physical, and speech)

Many persons with Cerebral Palsy have gone on to college, are employed, are married, have families, and are leading independent and productive lives. By knowing more about Cerebral Palsy, we can continue to treat those with disabilities with understanding, compassion, and respect.


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