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
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.