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.
Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts – Personal Care Attendant Program
600 Technology Center Drive
Stoughton, MA 02072
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
- UCP of Berkshire County
208 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
- 535 Curran Highway
North Adams, MA 01247
- UCP of Metro Boston
71 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472
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:5/2/2010