Norma Israel

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is the leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. As one of the largest health charities in America, the UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.













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United Cerebral Palsy Sarasota-Manatee, Inc. serves the community by providing a full array of beneficial services and resources to individuals with disabilities and their families and by advocating their full independence, productivity, and citizenship. We also educate through public awareness, fund-raising efforts, dissemination of information and acquisition of resources.

Did you know?
1. There are more boys born with Cerebral Palsy than girls (for every 100 girls there are 135 boys)
2. About 1/2 of children with CP are born prematurely.
3. More than 1/2 of children with CP have bilateral spastic paraparesis (leg weakness)
4. About 1/3 of children with CP have hemiplegia (one side of the body paralyzed, as typically seen in adult stroke)
5. Stroke in a baby or child less than the age of 3 results in CP.
6. 1 in 9 people with CP have features of Autism.
7. 1 in 4 people with CP have epileptic seizures.
8. 6 out of 10 people with CP have normal or superior intelligence.
9. 1 in 11 children with CP are legally blind.
10. About 3 of 10 children with CP have severe learning disabilities.
11. 1 in 50 children with CP are deaf.
12. 1 in 20 children with CP have tremor and ataxia.
13. 1 in 3 children with CP cannot walk.
14. 1 in 4 children with CP cannot feed or dress themselves.
15. The incidence and prevalence of Cerebral Palsy is rising world wide, 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, bio-feedback and more