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S.Res. 89 (113th): A resolution designating March 25, 2013, as “National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day”.

The text of the resolution below is as of Mar 21, 2013 (Resolution Agreed to by Senate).


III

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. RES. 89

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 21, 2013

(for himself and Mr. Casey) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

Designating March 25, 2013, as National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.

Whereas the term cerebral palsy refers to any number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and the muscle coordination necessary to maintain balance and posture;

Whereas cerebral palsy is caused by damage to 1 or more specific areas of the brain, which usually occurs during fetal development, before, during, or shortly after birth, or during infancy;

Whereas the majority of children who have cerebral palsy are born with the disorder, although cerebral palsy may remain undetected for months or years;

Whereas 75 percent of people with cerebral palsy also have 1 or more developmental disabilities, including epilepsy, intellectual disability, autism, visual impairment, and blindness;

Whereas the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released information indicating that cerebral palsy is increasingly prevalent and that approximately 1 in 278 children have cerebral palsy;

Whereas approximately 800,000 people in the United States are affected by cerebral palsy;

Whereas, although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, treatment often improves the capabilities of a child with cerebral palsy;

Whereas scientists and researchers are hopeful that breakthroughs in cerebral palsy research will be forthcoming;

Whereas researchers across the United States are conducting important research projects involving cerebral palsy; and

Whereas the Senate is an institution that can raise awareness in the general public and the medical community about cerebral palsy: Now, therefore, be it

That the Senate

(1)

designates March 25, 2013, as National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day;

(2)

encourages all people in the United States to become more informed and aware of cerebral palsy; and

(3)

respectfully requests the Secretary of the Senate to transmit a copy of this resolution to Reaching for the Stars: A Foundation of Hope for Children with Cerebral Palsy.