Research

Presently, there are almost 1 million American adults and children with cerebral palsy (CP) — and still another 50+ million with other disabilities. While prevention research remains a priority, funding for clinical trials is needed in order to provide evidence-based clinical care that can improve functionality, as well quality of life for those with developmental disabilities. There have been many advances in treating other neurological conditions such as adult stroke and spinal injury that may have a role in restoring motor and cognitive function in persons with CP. Despite advances in the prevention of CP, the incidence has increased 25% over the last decade and is likely attributable to the concomitant increases in the number of multiple fetal births and improved neo-natal care. Decisions to select any course of treatment should always be made after consultation with his or her professional provider.

Please visit the Research and Statistics page of UCP.org for more information.