UCP Of Sacramento And Northern California Announces National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day March 25

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  • Sacramento, CA (1888PressRelease) March 10, 2011 - UCP of Sacramento and Northern California is celebrating the passage of S.Res.75 designating March 25, 2011, as National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. The resolution was introduced by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and was cosponsored by Senator Robert Casey, D-Pa. The date falls in the same month as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

    "This is a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more about cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities - not only the medical facts, but also the incredible strides made by people with developmental disabilities who live life without limits when empowered with the right tools," said Doug Bergman, UCP president and CEO.

    Cerebral palsy includes a number of disorders of the developing brain affecting body movement, posture and muscle coordination. It is caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring during fetal development, before, during or shortly after birth, in infancy or early childhood. It is estimated that 764,000 children and adults in the U.S. have one or more symptoms of cerebral palsy.

    Each month, UCP of Sacramento and Northern California serves 2,600 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Shasta and Sutter counties. Programs include Saddle Pals adaptive horseback riding, UCP's Autism Center for Excellence at Sacramento State, adult day programs, independent living services, transportation and in-home respite care for families. For more information, visit www.ucpsacto.org.

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