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World Cerebral Palsy Day - Wednesday 7 October 2015

World Cerebral Palsy (CP Day) is a global project to change the world for people living with cerebral palsy and their families. 

The project is led by a group of non-profit cerebral palsy charities, and supported by organisations in 48 countries. We welcome new countries and partner organisations. 

This year, World CP Day will evolve into a social movement that will empower people with CP, their families and the services that support them, to drive change that makes a difference in their local communities. Please register your interest by contacting us.

Change My World in 1 Minute

From 2012 to 2014, World CP Day focused on an innovation campaign called Change My World in 1 Minute. We sought ideas for products and services that needed to be invented for people with CP, and then challenged designers and engineers to create a prototype and win a share of a large prize pool.

The 2014-15 challenge is to create a 'Sponge House'. More details on our Invent It page.

2013 Winners 

The prize winners for the 2013 World CP Day Invent It competition were:

  • Designer Walker: Emmanouil Michellis, Automation Specialist/Engineering Consultant from Greece and Alexander Mathioudakis, Researcher at the University of Connecticut for Strider advanced mobility aid system.

  • Spill Proof Cup: Yu Xu and Alex de la Vega from Johns Hopkins University

Both teams won a World CP Day Incentive Prize and are now refining their designs to win an additional prize.

Congratulations also to to Tamer Mohammad from Saudi Arabia and Alejandro Del Rio from Mexico for their Honourable Mention Award for Design4CP.

For more details, download the World CP Day Invent It Competition Media Release.

Our thanks to everyone who entered the competition to help change the lives of people with cerebral palsy!

About Cerebral Palsy

There are 17 million people across the world living with cerebral palsy (CP). Another 350 million people are closely connected to a child or adult with CP. It is the most common physical disability in childhood.

CP is a permanent disability that affects movement. Its impact can range from a weakness in one hand, to almost a complete lack of voluntary movement.

It is a complex disability: 1 in 4 children with CP cannot talk, 1 in 3 cannot walk, 1 in 2 have an intellectual disability, 1 in 4 have epilepsy.*

CP is a lifelong disability and there is no known cure.

Download the What is Cerebral Palsy? and the Cerebral Palsy: Diagnosis and Treatment infographic posters (A3 - PDFs)

* Novak I, Hines M,Goldsmith S, Barclay R (2012) Clinical Prognostic Messages from  a Systematic Review on Cerebral Palsy, Pediatrics, 130:5