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Cerebral Palsy Facts

Did You Know?

  • There are more boys born with cerebral palsy than girls (for every 100 girls there are 135 boys).
  • About one-half of children with CP are born prematurely.
  • More than one-half of children with CP have hemiplegia (one side of the body is paralyzed, as typically seen in adult stroke).
  • Stroke in a baby or child less than the age of 3 results in CP.
  • One in nine people with CP have features of autism.
  • One in four people with CP have epileptic seizures.
  • Six out of 10 people with CP have normal or superior intelligence.
  • One in three children with CP cannot walk.
  • One in four children with CP cannot feed or dress themselves.
  • The incidence and prevalence of CP is rising worldwide. There are new treatments that must be tested to improve function and decrease the disability caused by CP. These include medications, regenerative techniques, physical and cognitive therapies, robotics, functional neuromuscular stimulation, biofeedback, and more.
  • Research into the cure, prevention and treatment of CP receives less than 0.05 percent of total NIH funding (Total NIH budget: $29 billion; only $16 million of this goes toward CP research).

Prevalence vs. Private Funding

  • Leukemia: Affects one in 25,000/Funding: $310 Million
  • Muscular Dystrophy: Affects One in 20,000/Funding: $175 Million
  • Pediatric AIDS: Affects One in 8,000/Funding: $394 Million
  • Juvenile Diabetes: Affects One in 500/Funding: $130 Million
  • Autism: Affects One in 150/Funding: $15 Million
  • Cerebral Palsy: Affects One in 278/Funding: $2 Million