New global app to empower people with cerebral palsy

A new app, created by the US Cerebral Palsy Foundation, was released for World Cerebral Palsy Day. The app contains nearly 100 videos and is a collaboration from world experts on cerebral palsy (CP) and key disability advocates. It was built on the Foundation’s video library and features subjects including brain injury and considerations about surgery.  Foundation chief executive, Richard Ellerson said providing critical information to people with CP and their families could lessen the severity of the challenges they faced in their everyday lives.  “In medicine and science we so often look for cures, and that is important, but there is much more that can be done today if we focus on getting information out there,” he said. The library has already received over 60 million views.

University of Queensland child health research centre scientific director, Professor Ros Boyd, who features on the CP Channel app, said the app would benefit families and children with CP worldwide. “It is a paradigm shift for families now to have access to all the latest research and information on best clinical practice at their fingertips,” she said. “Families and clinicians want and need the most current information in order to improve early detection of CP, to access the best clinical practice and improve the quality of  life and maximise the opportunities for those with CP.”

The app will be initially available on the App Store and an Android version will be released later this year.

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