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Creative, Wheelchair-Friendly Halloween Costume Ideas

October 28, 2014
Category: Cerebral Palsy
Candy, parties, and fun with friends — what isn’t there to love about Halloween? Unfortunately, Halloween can be a difficult time for children with birth injuries who are wheelchair bound. They may feel extremely limited by their chairs when it comes to costumes; they don’t want to be Batman in a wheelchair — they just want to be Batman. As the parent of a child with cerebral palsy or another birth injury, we know you want to do everything you can to ensure your child feels included and safe. Luckily, there are tons of creative costume ideas all across the Internet more...

Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day

October 01, 2014
Category: Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) estimates that 764,000 children and adults in the U.S. manifest one or more of the symptoms of cerebral palsy (CP). When you look at CP’s reach on a global level, however, - 17 million people have CP worldwide - it is clear that CP affects families all around the world. To create awareness and help change the lives of these individuals in a positive way, October 1, 2014 has been declared to be World Cerebral Palsy Day. What is World Cerebral Palsy Day? Launched in 2012, the occasion is always scheduled more...

The Joy of Inclusive Playgrounds

September 10, 2014
Category: Birth Injury
Every child has a right to experience the simple joys of whooshing down a slide or flying high on a swing. But for children with special needs, a visit to the neighborhood playground can be filled with peril. That’s because playgrounds, as they have been traditionally designed, are often not suited for children with any type of disability. Thanks to the increased awareness and popularity of inclusive playgrounds, along with new federal regulations, that is changing in communities all across the United States. What Makes a Playground Inclusive? Inclusive playgrounds are designed in a way more...

University Seniors Develop High-Tech Therapy Aid for Cerebral Palsy Patients

September 10, 2014
Category: Birth Injury
Five seniors at Rice University in Houston, Texas have created a device that greatly improves the way occupational therapists track and measure the clinical progress of patients with cerebral palsy. The Rice engineering students developed the tool, named “DeXcellence”, as part of their senior capstone project, in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children—Houston. A Simple Tool Goes High Tech The Functional Dexterity Test (FDT) is the common therapy tool used to measure a patient’s finger and hand dexterity. It is a simple pegboard into which patients insert pegs. Until now, therapists have used more...

NFL Star’s Football Academy Inspires Kids and Funds Cerebral Palsy Research

August 22, 2014
Category: Cerebral Palsy
Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champion and former star running back for Utah State University (USU), hosted the Robert Turbin Football Academy at the Stan Laub Indoor Training Center on the campus of USU earlier this summer. Turbin plans to host an additional training camp in Fremont, California, his hometown. Nearly 50 kids between the ages of 8 and 18 attended the camp to enhance their football skills. Other former USU stars joined Turbin and the kids. All funds from the Robert Turbin Football Academy will go directly to the Robert Turbin Foundation, which supports cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis research. A Personal more...