World Cerebral Palsy Day - 6 October 2018

Each day this week Freeths is sharing a blog to help raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy (CP) and World Cerebral Palsy Day, taking place this 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. In this blog we cover the issues of education and contribution.


“Upon the subject of education… I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.”

Abraham Lincoln

It is well recognised that access to education is of tremendous benefit to the individual recipient and to society as a whole. However, people with Cerebral Palsy don’t just need access to education, they need access to appropriate support in education for their specific circumstances in order to obtain the optimum learning benefit. Only in this way will each person reach their highest potential.

Barriers to the appropriate levels of support in education come in a multitude of forms such as inadequate resources, lack of legislation and physical barriers within the learning environment. Raising awareness of these barriers is an important step towards improving the educational opportunities and quality of education for the Cerebral Palsy community.


When an individual feels they make a contribution to the world it provides them with a feeling they are valued, thereby increasing self-esteem and mental well-being. For some that contribution can be in an employment setting but often this is not possible for people with Cerebral Palsy. Their skills and abilities can and do make significant and meaningful contributions to other equally important facets of life such as the arts, parenting, politics, science and family life.

A failure to allow the CP community to contribute fully to society or to limit that contribution is not only detrimental to the individual but leaves society a poorer place for all. World Cerebral Palsy Day aims to bring to the fore the fundamental importance of “making a contribution”.

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 specialised 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

Siobhan Genever, Director (Nottingham/ Birmingham) on 0845 271 6793 or

Carolyn Lowe, Partner (Oxford/Milton Keynes) on 0186 578 1019 or

Karen Reynolds, Partner (Derby/Stoke/Birmingham) on 0845 272 5677 or