Leave a mark – World Cerebral Palsy Day

Belgrade – The World Day of Cerebral Palsy will be marked again this year in Belgrade, on Tuesday, October 6, when the Avala Tower, the Ada Bridge, the Brankov Bridge, the Parliament of Serbia, the Palace of Albania and the Fountain on the Slavia Square will be lit in green, the representative color suffering from this health condition.

This year’s campaign called “Leave your mark” invites all interested users of social networks to make a short video on their mobile phones in which they present themselves and an activity they want to do, regardless of whether they are people with cerebral palsy, their friends, family members or colleagues. someone living with CP.

People with cerebral palsy mostly have motor problems, i.e. inability to move certain parts of the body, problems with walking and holding the legs or arms. That’s why every movement is progress is big “like a house”. The topic of the video clip is of your own choice and it is possible to show any activity that contributes to a better society, some personal activity such as moving a cup, hanging out with friends, holding a pencil, moving or something that makes a person with CP happy, which is progress for them. Think of some ways in which you (or someone you know) created something, set and achieved a goal, or figured out a new way to participate in an activity that initially seemed out of reach and impossible. The video file needs to be shared on social media networks, tagged with @WorldCPDay and add the hashtags #WorldCPDay #CPMakeYourMark, #cerebralpalsy, said Nikola Čulić in front of the Regional Alliance for Cerebral Palsy.

PHOTO: Regional Alliance for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (Paralisis cerebralis) is caused by improper development of part of the brain or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement and is a unique brain disorder that differs in each affected person. Signs of cerebral palsy usually appear in the first months of life, although a specific diagnosis may be delayed until age two or later. Babies with CP often have developmental delays, where they are slow to achieve developmental milestones such as learning to roll over, sit up, crawl or walk. Some babies with CP have problems with muscle tone. Reduced muscle tone (hypotonia) makes the muscles relaxed, even limp. Increased muscle tone (hypertonia) makes muscles tight or stiff. In some cases, the early period of hypotonia will progress to hypertonia after the first 2 to 3 months of life. Children with CP may also have an unusual posture or favor one side of the body when they crawl, crawl or walk. It is important to note that some children without CP may also have some of these symptoms.


Children with cerebral palsy show a wide range of symptoms, including:

– lack of muscle coordination when performing voluntary movements (ataxia)
– stiff or tight muscles and/or exaggerated reflexes (spasticity)
– weakness in the limbs – one or both arms and/or one or both legs
– walking on the toes, hunched gait, or “shortened” gait
– variations in muscle tone, either too stiff or too relaxed
– excessive drooling or difficulty swallowing or speaking
– shaking or random involuntary movements
– delays in reaching motor skills
– difficulty with precise movements such as writing or buttoning a shirt


Most children have congenital cerebral palsy (ie, they are born with it), although it is often not discovered until months or years later. A small number of children have acquired cerebral palsy, which means the disorder begins after birth. Some causes of acquired cerebral palsy include brain damage in the first few months or years of life, brain infections such as bacterial meningitis or viral encephalitis, problems with blood flow to the brain, or head injury from a motor vehicle accident, fall, or child abuse. In many cases, the cause of cerebral palsy is unknown, while possible causes include genetic abnormalities, congenital brain deformities, maternal infections or fever, or injuries to the fetus.

The Regional Alliance for Cerebral Palsy is a partner organization of Australia’s World CP Day, which organizes this event worldwide.


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