Friday 3rd December marks International Day for Disabled People. Established in 1992 by the United Nations Assembly, it aims to promote disabled people’s rights and wellbeing in society and increase awareness.
This year’s theme is set as “Leadership and participation of disabled people toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”
Today, the world population is over 7 billion people and more than one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability;
Approximately 160,000 people have cerebral palsy in the UK (130,000 adults and 30,000 children), a similar population to multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Approximately 1,800 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy every year in the UK, which equates to an incidence rate of around 1 in 400 births.
Despite the benefits of taking part in sport physically, mentally and socially, barriers still exist for people with cerebral palsy to be active and enjoy sport. Our work aims to address any disadvantages by enabling children and adults with cerebral palsy to engage and access a range of activities.
We encourage people with cerebral palsy to live more active lives by promoting the opportunity, capability and motivation involved in taking part in sport and physical activities. We provide sport and activity opportunities for people with cerebral palsy, a range of support services and also use our voice to influence change for the benefit of disabled people.
On Friday 3rd December CP Sport will be announcing a new ambassador and new partner, both will help raise awareness of our work.
We will also be supporting and sharing the Activity Alliance campaign which considers “What does fairness for disabled people in sport and activity mean to you?” Videos will explore feelings on fairness across many topics, including national and local leadership, leisure, employment, and education. These videos will be released on their Twitter and LinkedIn channels during the day.
More ways to get involved with CP Sport: https://cpsport.org/get-involved/