Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, has released the following statement in recognition of World Cerebral Palsy Day:
“Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day. This is an opportunity to celebrate, raise awareness and take action to ensure that people living with cerebral palsy have the same rights, access and opportunity as everyone in our communities.
“Cerebral palsy is a physical disability that affects a person’s movement, posture and speech. It is the most common motor disability amongst children. There are more than 10,000 British Columbians living with cerebral palsy who deserve to live with dignity in a world without barriers.
“This year, anyone with cerebral palsy and related conditions, as well as their friends, families and communities, are encouraged to get active. The Move as One event is promoting the benefits of sport, physical activity and mental health on the quality of life for those living with cerebral palsy. People across B.C. and around the world are sharing their contributions on social media using the hashtags #CPMoveAsOne and #WorldCPDay.
“As part of the global GoGreen4CP campaign, we’re lighting up the Parliament Buildings in Victoria in green today in support and recognition of children and adults who have cerebral palsy.
“We recently launched public consultations to inform the development of legislation, standards and policies to better support people with disabilities so they can live with dignity and participate in their communities. I encourage everyone to attend a community session or provide their feedback online: https://www.engage.gov.bc.ca/accessibility
“Every person living with cerebral palsy has the right, and should have every opportunity, to have as full and complete a life as they would like.”
Cerebral Palsy Association of BC: https://www.bccerebralpalsy.com/
B.C. government accessibility initiatives: www.gov.bc.ca/accessibility
Government services for people with disabilities in B.C.: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/services-for-people-with-disabilities/supports-services