Cerebral palsy
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Cerebral palsy

Lynne Pearce Freelance health writer

Essential facts

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for a group of permanent and non-progressive abnormalities of the fetal or neonatal brain, primarily leading to disorders of movement and posture. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says it is the most common cause of physical disability in children and young people in the developed world. Action Cerebral Palsy says about one in 400 UK births is affected, with an estimated 30,000 individuals having the condition. It is not a learning disability, but some people with cerebral palsy may also have a learning disability.

Learning Disability Practice. 21, 1, 12-12. doi: 10.7748/ldp.21.1.12.s12

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