Cerebral Palsy

HelenCerebral Palsy (CP) is not a disease or an illness. It is the description of a physical impairment that affects movement. The movement problems vary from barely noticeable to extremely severe. No two people with cp are the same; it is as individual as people themselves.

“Cerebral palsy” includes a variety of conditions. The three main types correspond to injuries to different parts of the brain:

  • People with spastic cp find that some muscles become very stiff and weak, especially under effort. This can affect their control of movement.
  • People with athetoid cp have some loss of control of their posture, and they tend to make unwanted movements.
  • People with ataxic cp usually have problems with balance. They may also have shaky hand movements and irregular speech.

Cerebral palsy is just something l have, it is not a problem. my cerebral palsy is not my disability; society is my disability and sadly people’s attitudes toward me. People automatically think I have a learning disability, just because I talk funny and I sit in a wheelchair. People just treat me like a child.

People pat me on the head and tell me I will walk one day; there have been many times when people have wanted to pray for me to get up and walk.  The fact is that I have cerebral palsy and I will never walk. I was born like this, so this is normal for me. For me I know and believe that God made me like this, it wasn’t an accident.  God made me with Cerebral Palsy, it is part of me, and so if you take away the cerebral palsy, you take away part of me. If God had made me differently I wouldn’t be doing the work I do do and have gone through the experiences that I have. I feel very blessed by just being like this.

The social model of disability says that disability is caused by the way society is organised, rather than by a person’s impairment.
The social model of disability looks at ways of removing barriers which restrict life choices for people with impairments
When barriers are removed, disabled people can be independent and equal in society, with choice and control over their own lives.  Helen