At Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, we know it’s terrible being told that your child has cerebral palsy. Coping with it throughout their lives alone will be a challenge for any child diagnosed with it.
Cerebral Palsy is not the same as being mentally impaired. It is defined as damage caused to the brain during childbirth or development.
Sometimes, Cerebral Palsy (CP) will disable an individual to the point of needing constant care and supervision. Usually, however, people affected with CP are bright and caring individuals that can carry intelligent conversation and function despite their impaired motor and/or speech skills. It’s important to know that CP victims are not alone. There is support out there for CP victims and ways for victims to connect with each other to share stories and struggles.
The CDC records that CP is the “most common motor disability in childhood”. They have performed statistical studies around the world. These studies have discerned that about 1 in 323 children have been identified with cerebral palsy. These estimates come from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. (Source: CDC.gov)
Statistically, 30.6 percent of CP victims have limited or no walking ability. That leaves almost 70% of them to be free-moving and social. Anyone can find people living with CP on the internet. Go to YouTube.com. There are literally hundreds of people that live with CP day in and day out, and cataloging their lives on there. It is a community where individuals living with CP can meet each other and express their sympathy as well as happiness for finding each other. They are not alone and neither is anyone else who suffers from this disability.
There are many organizations fighting for life without limits for people coping with CP. United Cerebral Palsy, at UCP.org, they offer support on a community basis for people with CP. They are educators on the facts about CP and advocates for people with CP fighting for their rights. Another organization to keep your eyes peeled for is The Cerebral Palsy League. They are a public organization that serves hundreds of affected children every year. They offer programs and services that cater to the special individual needs of each person.
It’s important to realize that many suffer with Cerebral Palsy. People coping with CP like football, TV, movies and the internet just like any other American. They should be respected members of society, and spreading education and awareness is the least you can do for people bravely struggling with CP.