Cerebral Palsy

Disability/Illness Description:

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a term used to describe a group of chronic conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination. Cerebral Palsy caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring during fetal development; before, during or shortly following birth; or during infancy. “Cerebral” refers to the brain and “palsy” to muscle weakness/poor control. CP itself is not progressive (i.e., it does not get worse); however, secondary conditions can develop which may, over time, get worse, get better, or remain the same. CP is not communicable. It is not a disease and should never be referred to as such. Although CP is not “curable” in the accepted sense, training and therapy can help improve function.

Associations/Groups:

Tempus Unlimited, Inc.  – Formerly Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts, Inc.
600 Technology Center Drive
Stoughton, MA 02072
877-479-7577
Options Telephone Number is: 800-924-7570
E-mail: info@masscp.org

Cerebral Palsy of MassachusettsPersonal Care Attendant Program
600 Technology Center Drive
Stoughton, MA 02072
Phone: 800-924-7570
Fax: 508-880-3218

United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCP) – UCP affiliates provide services and support on a community-by-community basis
1825K Street NW, Suite 600
Washington DC 20006
Phone: 800-872-5827 or 202-776-0406
E-mail: info@ucp.org

Other Information:

1800wheelchair – Cerebral Palsy Information – Provides a wealth of information about cerebral palsy.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Cerebral Palsy – Definition, treatment and prognosis information.

Facts About Cerebral Palsy – Center for Disease Control and Prevention information including causes, diagnosis and treatment.

 

 

Fact Sheet last updated on: 9/27/2017