About

World Cerebral Palsy Day - Wednesday 1 October 2014

World CP Day is a global innovation project to change the world for people living with cerebral palsy and their families. It is designed to gather ideas from people around the world and make the best of those ideas a reality.

The project is led by a group of non-profit cerebral palsy charities, and supported by organisations in over 45 countries. We welcome new countries and partner organisations. Find out more in this World CP Day Invitation flyer.

Change My World in 1 Minute

Post an Idea: Each year, people with cerebral palsy, their families and supporters, post an idea for something that would change their world. They have just 1 minute to present the idea – in a video or text – and post it on the World CP Day website from mid-July to 31 October.

On World CP Day, innovation events are held around the world to celebrate and brainstorm ideas for the website. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for event details.

Vote on Ideas: During October, everyone is invited to vote for the ideas that they like the best. A People’s Choice Prize of $500 is awarded to the person whose idea receives the most votes.

Shortlist: In November and December, all the ideas are reviewed by an international panel, including people with cerebral palsy and their families. Three ideas are shortlisted.

Invent It: From January to June, inventors, researchers and creators are invited to create a design or prototype for one of the 3 shortlisted ideas. They compete for a prize pool of $30,000.

Winners: The winners are announced in July and then the website opens for the next campaign.

More details on our FAQ page or download our World Cerebral Palsy Day Key Messages factsheet.

2013 Winners 

Congratulations to the prize winners for the 2013 World CP Day Invent It competition:

  • 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 win a World CP Day Incentive Prize and will now be invited to refine 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 infographic poster (PDF).

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