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Families with Children with Disabilities and Divorce Rate?

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?

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

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...

The Quest for Affordable Accessible Housing

The Quest for Affordable Accessible Housing

If you’re like me a physically disabled individual with very limited resources such as Social Security disability being your only source of income it can be very difficult if not impossible to find affordable accessible housing when you are disabled.  2...

Importance of Education

Importance of Education

I think most every one would agree that having a good education is paramount  in living in today's society.  This is especially true for those with complex disabilities.  I was born with cerebral palsy at a time in history when institutionalization was...

Eliminating Plastic Straws – Are You Joking Us?

Eliminating Plastic Straws – Are You Joking Us?

On a hot sunny day, you are out and about and need a super cold drink.  You just go to a fast food restaurant and ask for a large drink of your favorite beverage. They hand you your drink and you ask them for a straw. The restaurant tells you that they don’t...

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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