Each day this week Freeths will share a blog to help raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy (CP) and World Cerebral Palsy Day, taking place on Saturday 6 October 2018.


World CP Day concentrates on six key areas for change which represent the most significant barriers in the lives of people with CP.

1. Public Awareness

About 2 in every 1000 children born have Cerebral Palsy, with varying degrees of symptoms. Some people with CP have profound movement disorders and difficulties with thinking, learning, feeling, communication and behaviour. Others may have a much milder form of the disorder with much less significant issues with muscle control. Many have “normal” intelligence whilst other people have intellectual difficulties. There is no typical Cerebral Palsy person.

A lack of awareness of Cerebral Palsy and its effect on people with CP is commonplace. As a result many in society find it difficult to interact with and relate to someone who has CP. This can manifest itself in a variety of ways, such as:

  • well-meaning but misguided sympathy or pity
  • infantilising the person with CP
  • speaking in a simple and childlike way
  • being over-protective
  • a reluctance to make eye contact
  • avoiding communication altogether

Ignorance can be overcome by education and raising awareness. It is hoped initiatives such as World Cerebral Palsy Day will lead to a wider understanding of the condition to help individuals look beyond the disability.

2. Civil Rights

People with Cerebral Palsy face an ongoing battle for civil and human rights around the world. In the worst scenarios this can involve civil authorities failing to provide the basic fundamental rights every individual should expect to receive. However, even societies where such rights are protected and enshrined in law often fail to implement those rights in everyday life, such as:

  • access to education
  • access to healthcare
  • access to public transport
  • protections in the work place

World CP Day aims to raise awareness of these rights to promote a commitment to enforce and fund practical steps to improve the lives of those with CP.

Freeths Solicitors

Cerebral Palsy can be caused in numerous ways and sometimes as a result of a failure in the medical care of the mother or child. Freeths’ Clinical Negligence Solicitors have a national reputation for providing the highest quality support and advice in this specialized area of clinical negligence law.

If you are concerned about the medical care you or a loved one have received, please contact one of our national team:-

Jane Williams, Partner (Leicester/Nottingham/Birmingham) on 0845 272 5724 or jane.williams@freeths.co.uk

Siobhan Genever, Director (Nottingham/ Birmingham) on 0845 271 6793 or siobhan.genever@freeths.co.uk

Carolyn Lowe, Partner (Oxford/Milton Keynes) on 0186 578 1019 or carolyn.lowe@freeths.co.uk

Karen Reynolds, Partner (Derby/Stoke/Birmingham) on 0845 272 5677 or karen.reynolds@freeths.co.uk