Cerebral palsy is the most commonly diagnosed childhood motor disability in the U.S. The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) reports that 1 in 323 children have some form of cerebral palsy. Over 77% of children with cerebral palsy have the spastic form. ~CDC.
As someone who lives with Cerebral Palsy seeing this statistic reminds me that the stigmas surrounding adulthood with Cerebral palsy exist.
so what are some things we can do to help society better understand the importance of having Cerebral palsy in adulthood?
- Speak out about your experiences- from the time I turned 20, I learned very quickly that speaking out about your experiences when it comes to Cerebral palsy is the best way to advocate.
- Get together with people going through the same journey- over the years, I found that connecting with others who share the same life experience helps.
- Take it day by day– I know this journey could be difficult and could be very exhausting at times but it’s very important that we take a day by day and embrace the chapters that were written in our story because we only get one opportunity to read the book of our lives.