“World Cerebral Palsy Day raises awareness for the children and adults who live with cerebral palsy, as well as their families, loved ones and caregivers.

Cerebral palsy affects about one in 500 newborns. It is caused by damage to the developing brain, such as injury or disease, often before birth or within the first three years of life. It is one of the most common causes of long-term disability in children.

“Those living with cerebral palsy have varying abilities and may require physical, social and emotional support to achieve their best life possible. This is why Alberta’s government is proud to invest in the transformative work of Cerebral Palsy Alberta, including upgrades to the Life Without Limits Abilities Centre, funding increased hours for social workers and investing in cerebral palsy research.

“The Government of Alberta provides assistance to members of the disability community to access health, mental health and social supports. Families affected by cerebral palsy are also encouraged to reach out to Cerebral Palsy Alberta for vocational and recreational programming and support groups.

“Every Albertan living with a disability deserves the opportunity to live to their full potential and contribute their unique talents in a safe, caring and welcoming community.”