SENATE RESOLUTION 113--DESIGNATING MARCH 25, 2019, AS ``NATIONAL CEREBRAL PALSY AWARENESS DAY''; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 46
(Senate - March 14, 2019)

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   SENATE RESOLUTION 113--DESIGNATING MARCH 25, 2019, AS ``NATIONAL 
                     CEREBRAL PALSY AWARENESS DAY''

  Mr. ISAKSON (for himself, Mr. Casey, and Ms. Hassan) submitted the 
following resolution; which was considered and agreed to:

                              S. Res. 113

       Whereas a group of permanent disorders of the development 
     of movement and posture that are attributed to nonprogressive 
     disturbances that occur in the developing brain is referred 
     to as ``cerebral palsy'';
       Whereas cerebral palsy, the most common motor disability in 
     children, is caused by damage to 1 or more specific areas of 
     the developing brain, which usually occurs during fetal 
     development before, during, or after birth;
       Whereas the majority of children who have cerebral palsy 
     are born with cerebral palsy, but cerebral palsy may be 
     undetected for months or years;
       Whereas 75 percent of individuals with cerebral palsy also 
     have 1 or more developmental disabilities, including 
     epilepsy, intellectual disability, autism, visual impairment, 
     or blindness;
       Whereas, according to information released by the Centers 
     for Disease Control and Prevention--
       (1) the prevalence of cerebral palsy is not changing over 
     time; and
       (2) an estimated 1 in 323 children has cerebral palsy;

       Whereas approximately 764,000 individuals 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 for 
     breakthroughs in cerebral palsy research;
       Whereas researchers across the United States conduct 
     important research projects involving cerebral palsy; and
       Whereas the Senate can raise awareness of cerebral palsy in 
     the public and the medical community: Now, therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the Senate--
       (1) designates March 25, 2019, as ``National Cerebral Palsy 
     Awareness Day''; and
       (2) encourages each individual in the United States to 
     become better informed about and aware of cerebral palsy.

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