4 Lessons I learned Advocating for Cerebral Palsy

I first got into advocating for Cerebral palsy seven years ago after having the desire to make a difference and educate people on what living with Cerebral palsy is like but to my surprise advocating for people with Cerebral palsy has taught me many lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

  1. People could be cruel but, don’t let them define the advocate you are – over the years, I had quite the experience of coming across people who were just straight-up cruel to me because of the message I was trying to spread.
  2. Despite the obstacles, you face your story is needed – it’s no secret that during this journey that you will face many obstacles that will try to break you down for example, at the beginning of the pandemic I spent hours writing to senators and governors about people with cerebral palsy and I didn’t get a response but finally my hard work paid off and I did it comes to show that your story is needed
  3. Advocating all starts with you and your perspective on life – one of the biggest misconceptions with advocacy is that you have to be in a group of people to get started on your journey but you don’t. it all starts with you and the message you want to bring awareness to.
  4. There’s always work that needs to be done with the Disability Community- believe it or not, one of the lessons I learned is that there is always work that needs to be done.