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Participation and Inclusion for Disabilities in Society

Participation and inclusion really affect a student's life with a disability. I have a story about my high school years. On my first day of high school, I was exceedingly nervous. There was a sense of fear that I would never be accepted. In elementary school, I became...

Caregivers Are Essential – How Do We keep The Good Ones?

Caregiving is a job where a few people can do well and it has a lot of shit to handle – the pun was not intended. Without caregivers, our lives with disabilities would not be the same. That means they are a really important part of our lives, and we don’t think about...

How Mainstreaming Helps a Student’s Life for the Better

Mainstreaming is where students with disabilities are placed in the regular classroom. It allows the student to be accepted by their peers and have the education that all students should have. When I started the first grade in 1971, I was with students who had a...

Families with Children with Disabilities and Divorce Rate?

I grew up in a family with 3 children my oldest sister is not disabled and my youngest sister’s hearing-impaired. I have cerebral palsy. My mom and dad had a very loving relationship. Having a child or children with the disability can increase the pressure upon a...

Is Living Independently Achievable?

The quest for living independently and functioning autonomously. The aspirations of disabled people are the same as everyone else’s to live work and function as independently as possible. Everyone whether disabled or not wants to have a good job, a good home, and be...

Living With a Disability What Community is Best for You

The purpose of this article is to find the most disability-friendly cities in the United States. My evaluation criteria consist of the following items: Cost-of-living Affordable reliable attendant care Accessible affordable transportation close to home with proximity...

USEFUL LINKS

General Information About CP

United Cerebral Palsy has a site that is filled with useful information about CP. They explain the different types of Cerebral Palsy. They can help you to find assistance if you need it. I say this site is the main place to learn what CP is all about. 

Cerebral Palsy is a neurological disorder marking muscle coordination. In most cases, cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage that develops while the baby is still in utero or during or shortly after birth. Comprehensive information about cerebral palsy and most common types can be found at Cerebral Palsy Guidance.

Cerebral Palsy Group is a robust site that provides “high quality, medically-reviewed data” on everything related to CP, as well as financial and legal help, treatment and therapy resources. There is a number to speak with a case worker as well.

Inspiration & Advice from Community Members and Parents of People with Disability

Tamera Weeks has an adult daughter with CP. They have a YouTube channel showing the day to day struggles with CP.

Charisse has CP and also has a YouTube Channel. She shows people what a person with CP can do. Her videos are really fun to watch.

Wonder Moms is a site created by 3 moms. They all have special needs children. Their site is filled with useful posts for parents.

Barton and Megan Cutter are a married couple. Barton has CP and they have a consulting business. They do talks around the country. One thing that I really like about them is their love for each other.

Accommodations & Assisted Living

About Assisted Living is a wonderful site to learn how to take care of a child with a disability as well as elders.

Illinois Independent Living Center aka Katharine Manor is a building that was designed for people with disabilities to live on their own. I am currently on the board.

Nationwide Lifts is a company that modifies houses for people with disabilities. They have stairs lifts, elevators and many other things to help people with disability.

 

Chris Lenart, Founder of Disability Awareness, speaks to students, youth groups, conference audiences, faith-based institutions and the workplace to promote disability awareness.

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