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Cerebral palsy facts

imagesCerebral palsy (CP) is an abnormality of motor function, the ability to move and control movements.
Cerebral palsy is acquired at an early age, usually less than a year of age.
Cerebral palsy is due to a brain abnormality that does not progress in severity.
The causes of cerebral palsy include prematurity, genetic disorders, strokes, and infection of the brain.
Taking certain precautions during the pregnancy might decrease the risk of cerebral palsy.
Asphyxia, the lack of oxygen to the brain, at birth is not as common a cause of cerebral palsy as had been thought.
There are different types of cerebral palsy based on symptoms — spastic, hypotonic, choreoathetoid, and mixed types.
The best approach for diagnosis, treatment, and management is through and interdisciplinary team.
Cerebral palsy may be associated with many other medical conditions, including mental retardation or seizures. Many of these conditions can be treated with improved quality of life.
Many children with cerebral palsy have a normal intellect and have no seizures.
Treatment of cerebral palsy is for the symptoms only; there are few treatments for the underlying causes.
There are many alternative medicines promoted for the treatment of cerebral palsy that have never been proven to be helpful. Families and advocates of persons with cerebral palsy should be aware of the lack of scientific basis for these treatments.

Find Financial Assistance

faithFinancial assistance for people with disabilities can come in the form of benefit payments, vouchers, grants, subsidies, loans or rebates and often is income based.

In addition to government programs like Social Security and Medicaid, there are a variety of financial resources available from other public and private organizations, charities, and foundations. In most cases, financial assistance is distributed on the state and local levels. Learn more from the links below.

UCP Bellows Fund
The UCP Elsie S. Bellows Fund is a national program operated by UCP that provides funds to individuals with disabilities for assistive technology equipment. Individuals can apply through their local UCP affiliate and the affiliate submits an application on behalf of an individual to the UCP national office. Applications are reviewed for funding by the Bellows Committee.

Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administrations provides benefits through two programs: the Social Security disability insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Learn more about these programs including eligibility, how to apply and how to appeal a claim denial.

Medicaid and Medicare
All about medicaid and medicare from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

Medicaid Waiver Programs
These programs are state based and administered by the medicaid authority. Waiver programs may provide a combination of both traditional medical services (i.e. dental services, skilled nursing services) as well as non-medical services (i.e. respite, case management, environmental modifications) This list contains information about state-specific programs.

Benefits.gov (formerly GovBenefits.gov) was launched in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs.

State Assistive Technology Programs
Directory of the federally funded programs under the Assistive Technology Act that promote people’s awareness of, and access to, assistive technology devices and services. Many programs provide funds and/or low interest loans to purchase devices.

College Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid resources from the National Youth Transitions Center, an online clearinghouse on transition and postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation
The Foundation provides financial assistance to families of children whose commercial insurance coverage does not fully cover the cost of treatment.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance Programs
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.

NeedyMeds is a non-profit information resource devoted to helping people in need find medication assistance programs, disease-based assistance, free and low- clinics, government programs and other types of assistance programs that help with costs related to health care.

Variety: The Childrens Foundation
Administers the Variety Kids on the Go! program which provides funding for walkers, wheelchairs, specially-designed adaptive bikes, strollers, prosthetic limbs and other devices to families of children with disabilities.

Disabled Children Relief Fund
The fund provides children with disabilities assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eyeglasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery.

Find Help and Services in Your Community

untitledThere are a myriad of disability, health and human service programs in every state and community however they are not always easy to find. Whether you need healthcare, home modifications, or financial assistance—we can direct you to the organizations that can help.

Centers for Independent Living
Directory of Centers for independent living (CILs) which are private, nonprofit corporations that provide services to maximize the independence of individuals with disabilities and the accessibility of the communities they live in. CIL’s provide individual and systems advocacy, independent living skills training, information and referral and peer counseling.

State Departments of Disability Services
Directory of offices that oversee the statewide delivery of individually appropriate services and supports to persons with disabilities.

State Councils on Developmental Disabilities
Directory of State Councils on Developmental Disabilities. Councils are federally funded programs charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with developmental disabilities in their State or Territory. Councils work to promote self-determination, integration and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.

2-1-1 Information and Referral Call Centers
Directory of 2-1-1 lines across the country. 2-1-1 are free information and referral lines for health, human and community services. 2-1-1 provides information and referral on topics such as emergency food pantries, rental assistance, public health clinics, child care resources, support groups, legal aid, and a variety of non-profit and governmental agencies.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers
Listing of Aging and Disability Resource Centers which serve as single points of entry into the long-term supports and services system for older adults and people with disabilities.