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March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month!

Did you know...

The Center was first opened in 1942 by a group of parents who were looking for a place where their loved ones with Cerebral Palsy could get the services they needed and to be treated with respect. 78 years later we are proud to continue serving the needs of over 12,000 individuals in our community with Cerebral Palsy and over 300 other diagnoses."

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A message from Dr. Maria Kansas, Chief Medical Officer, Center for Disability Services

In honor and recognition of those we support with Cerebral Palsy, a brief review!

Cerebral Palsy is the most common developmental disability, affecting 2.5 children per 1000 born in the US. CP is characterized by increased muscle tone and spasticity which can lead to contractures (decreased range of motion of the joints) over time. Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy can help prevent progressive disability.

Often shortened to CP, it is caused by a brain injury which occurs before full cerebral development, which occurs around age two. 70-80% of these injuries are thought to occur during pregnancy, 6% to birth related injury and the remainder related to trauma.

Cerebral Palsy can be associated with other medical conditions including:

·         Intellectual disability- but approximately 1/3 of individuals with CP DO NOT have an intellectual disability

·         Seizure Disorder

·         Muscle contractures and Scoliosis

·         Trouble swallowing, Reflux and chronic constipation

·         Bladder trouble and kidney stones

·         Breathing problems related to aspiration or scoliosis

·         Autism, AD/HD and Depression

Wear Green this month to increase awareness for all people with Cerebral Palsy as well as for their families and caregivers! We are proud to support all individuals with CP as we make a meaningful difference in their lives!