Cerebral Palsy Awareness and Protection Week

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The week of September 16-22 is Cerebral Palsy Awareness and Protection (CPAP) Week, as proclaimed by Presidential Proclamation No. 558 signed on March 25, 2005, to address the needs of persons with cerebral palsy and to promote government programs for their integration into the mainstream of society.Cerebral palsy is a chronic disorder that affects a person’s body movement, balance, and posture. It is not a disease or an illness. It is considered a “brain paralysis.” It is a movement problem which varies from barely noticeable to extremely severe.Cerebral palsy disorders are caused by faulty development of or damage to motor areas in the brain that disrupt the brain’s ability to control movement and posture. Among the conditions that can lead to brain injury are genetic conditions and problems; exposure of the expectant mother to kidney and urinary tract infections, rubella, toxoplasmosis, and cytomegalovirus, Rh incompatibility; severe physical trauma to the mother during pregnancy; severe jaundice in the child during the first weeks following birth; exposure to drug or alcohol use during pregnancy; complication in labor; and extremely premature delivery. …