Cerebral palsy is a condition caused by damage to the brain, occurring before, during or shortly after birth. "Cerebral" refers to brain and "palsy" to a disorder of movement or posture. It is neither progressive nor communicable. It is not "curable" in the accepted sense, although education, therapy and applied technology can help persons with cerebral palsy lead productive lives. It is not a disease and should never be referred to as such. It can range from mild to severe.
The causes of cerebral palsy include illness during pregnancy, premature delivery, or lack of oxygen supply to the baby; or it may occur early in life as a result of an accident, lead poisoning, viral infection, child abuse, or other factors.
In many nations, children suffering from Cerebral Palsy are marginalised because society is unable to address their special needs. Lives of parents are dislocated as they try and find a way to address the special needs of their children. In this scenario, parents have come together to find support, learn from each other's experiences and create mechanisms that address the dislocation of their normal lives.
Parents Association of Persons with Cerebral Palsy and Associated Disorders (PAPCP) is an organisation based in Bangalore, India. It is run by parents whose lives have been dislocated by their children's medical condition. They came together to create an environment that provides strength to each other and help impart life skills to the children. Many children will continue to depend on their parents and caregivers for even the most basics of tasks like picking up a glass of water, for the rest of their lives.