New App to Provide Critical Information and Empowerment to People with Cerebral Palsy
Americas, ICT, News, October 6 2017
The Cerebral Palsy Foundation (CPF) is releasing a new app, the CP Channel on Friday, October 6th, World CP Day. The app contains nearly 100 videos created in collaboration with the world’s leading experts on CP and developmental disability, as well as key disability advocates, including the three past presidents of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Dr. Unni Narayanan (Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto), Dr. Eileen Fowler (UCLA Medical Center), and Dr. Darcy Fehlings (Holland Bloorview, Toronto).
The public doesn’t hear enough about CP. However, if you considered all the people in the country with the condition, they would be the 12th largest city in America. A lack of specialists and a fragmented medical system too often leave people with CP and their families isolated, poorly informed, and leading lives far more challenged than need be.
To address this crisis, The CPF is releasing a new app, the CP Channel. The app is created to inform and empower people with CP, as well as general doctors, caregivers, and families. It builds on CPF’s extensive video library, which covers subjects from understanding brain injury to considerations about surgery. In addition to these powerful and much needed resources, the app also includes videos created by CPF Ambassadors who provide their spin on the life advice so sorely needed in this community. The full CPF library has received over 60 million views.
“It’s staggering that a population of this size has been unable to get critical information which could lessen the severity of challenges in their lives. In medicine and science, we so often look for cures – and that’s of course important. But there is so much that can be done today if we focus on getting information out there. CPF is thrilled to be at the forefront of how we can better address disability and improve lives in today’s robust digital environment.” said Richard Ellenson, CEO of CPF.
The app will initially be available on the App Store. An Android version will be released later this year.