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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. It is the most common motor disability in childhood. It is estimated that an average of 1 in 345 children in the U.S. have cerebral palsy
The following are facts and statistics worldwide on cerebral palsy:
- Around 764,000 people in the United states have at least one symptom of cerebral palsy
- Around 10,000 babies are born each year with cerebral palsy
- Boys are diagnosed more often than girls
- Cerebral palsy is the mot commonly diagnosed childhood motor disability in the United States
- Over 77% of children with cerebral palsy have the spastic form
- More than 50% of all children with cerebral palsy can walk independently
- African American children with cerebral palsy are 1.7 times more likely to need assistance with walking or be unable to walk at all
- Around 41% of babies and children with cerebral palsy will have limited abilities in crawling, walking and running.
- Around 41% children with cerebral palsy in the United states have some form of a cognitive disorder
- Behavior problems are common in children with cerebral palsy including social skills and anger issues.
- Seizures are a common associate disorder of cerebral palsy and can range from mild to extreme severe.
- There is no known cure
Australia Facts and Statistics
- 1 in 700 Australian babies is diagnosed each year
- 1 in 2 is in chronic pain
- 1 in 2 has an intellectual disability
- 1 in 3 cannot walk
- 1 in 4 also has epilepsy
- 1 in 3 has hip displacement
- 1 in 4 cannot talk
- 1 in 4 has a behavior disorder
- 1 in 5 is tube fed
- 1 in 5 has a sleep disorder
- 1 in 10 has a severe vision impairment
- 1 in 25 has a severe hearing impairment
United Kingdom- Facts and Statistics
- The current United Kingdom incidence rate is around 1 in 400 births
- Approximately 1800 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year
- There are an estimated 30,000 children with cerebral palsy in the United Kingdom
- For every 100 girls with cerebral palsy, there are 135 boys with cerebral palsy
- just under half of children with cerebral palsy were born prematurely
- One in three children with cerebral palsy is unable to walk
- One in four children with cerebral palsy cannot feed or dress themselves
- one in four children with cerebral palsy has a learning disability
- one in fifty children with cerebral palsy has a hearing impairment
Cerebral Palsy Guidance
The Pace Centre Organization
English pediatrician, Dr. Harry Angleman first described Angelman syndrome in 1965 when he observed 3 children who had similar features including unusual happiness, developmental delays and similar facial disorders. He originally called it the “Happy Puppet Syndrome” based in a 17th century Italian painting by Gian Francesco Coroto. In most cases, a gene located on chromosome 15 is generally missing or damaged, in some cases, the individual may have 2 copies of the paternal chromosome 15. It is considered a developmental disability where children and adults will require ongoing services. Click the link below to download the factsheet.
Developmental disability is a diverse group of chronic conditions that are due to mental or physical impairments before the age of 22. A developmental disability can occur before, during or after birth. Common well-known developmental disabilities include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and Fragile X syndrome. Here are some facts and statistics on developmental disabilities.
- Developmental Disability is a severe, long-term disability that affect cognitive ability, physical functioning or both.
- 1 in 6 or about 15% of children aged 3 through 17 have one or more developmental disabilities.
- Between 2014 and 2016 the prevalence of developmental disability among kids ages 3 to 17 increased from 5.76 percent to 6.99 percent.
- Prevalence of autism increased 289.5%
- Prevalence of ADHD increased 33.0 %
- Males have a higher prevalence of ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, stuttering and other developmental disabilities.
- Children from families with incomes below the federal poverty level had a higher prevalence of developmental disabilities.
- 10% of Americans have a family member with an intellectual disability.
- Intellectual disabilities are 25 times more common than blindness.
- Every year 125,000 children are born with an intellectual disability
- Approximately 85% of the intellectual disability is in the mild category.
- About 10% of the intellectual disability is considered moderate
- About 3-4% of the intellectual disability population is severe.
- Only 1-2% is classified as profound.