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Cerebral Palsy by the Numbers

How Common is CP?

  • Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood.
  • Studies from around the world report estimates of CP ranging from 1.5 to more than 4 per 1,000 live births or children.
  • About 1 in 323 children has been identified with CP according to estimates from CDC.

Cerebral Palsy by Sex and Race

  • Cerebral Palsy is more common among boys than among girls.
  • CP is more common among African-American children than White children. Hispanic and White children were about equally likely to have CP

Types of Cerebral Palsy

  • Most (77.4%) of the children identified with CP had spastic CP.

Walking Ability

  • 58% of children with CP could walk independently.
  • 11% walked using a hand-held mobility device
  • 31% had limited or no walking ability.

Other Health Conditions

  • Many children with CP have at least one other health condition
  • More than 40% of children with CP had intellectual disability.
  • 41% also had epilepsy
  • 7% also had autism spectrum disorder.
  • 15% had vision impairment.
  • Approximately 60% of 8-year-old children with CP had another developmental disability.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 children with CP had both intellectual disability and epilepsy.

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