Let’s talk cerebral palsy

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This month, Barcan+Kirby will mark Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, which was started in 2006 by a cerebral palsy advocacy group and has grown in popularity over the years.

How can I support Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month?

Supporters can raise awareness throughout March by wearing green (#GoGreenforCP) and donating to related charitable organisations whose aim is to break down barriers and encourage inclusion for those with disabilities.

You can get involved in Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month by:

You can also become an ally for those affected with cerebral palsy by avoiding assumptions, helping to break down stereotypes and remembering that a cerebral palsy diagnosis does not define an individual.

Christy Brown

Christy Brown is a great example of someone who did not let cerebral palsy define them or their success. An Irish painter, poet, and author, Christy was born with severe cerebral palsy and was incapable of any movement or speech until he gained control of his left foot, which he used to write his autobiography, My Left Foot, with. He was also portrayed by Daniel Day Lewis in a film of the same name.

Bonner Paddock

Bonner Paddock was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 11. In 2008, he became the first person with cerebral palsy to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro unassisted. Four years later, he broke another record, becoming the first person with cerebral palsy to complete the Ironman Triathlon.

What is cerebral palsy?

The term ‘cerebral palsy’ describes a group of conditions which affect movement and co-ordination.  Cerebral palsy is usually caused by problems with the brain which develop before, during or shortly after birth.

Getting help for cerebral palsy

Caring for a child or family member with cerebral palsy to ensure that their needs are met can be challenging, especially when state provision is lacking. If your family has been affected by cerebral palsy, it’s important to get all the help you can. Sadly, cerebral palsy cannot be cured. However, with specialist management, accommodation, care, therapy and equipment, it is possible to significantly improve quality of life.

Our specialist clinical negligence team regularly act for children and adults who are affected by cerebral palsy as a result of sub-standard medical care at or around the time of birth.

Case study | Multi-million pound settlement for boy diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy

Contact our cerebral palsy claim solicitors

To learn more about what is involved in investigating a potential cerebral palsy claim visit our dedicated guide. Alternatively, call us on 0117 325 2929 or fill out our online enquiry form.

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