Welcome

 

Our Mission

Understanding is the first step to inclusion for people with disabilities.

Our mission is to help those with disability live fuller lives by educating them, their parents, their community, and employers on what it means to live, or raise a child, with a disability.

Chris Lenart, Founder of Disability Awareness, speaks to students, youth groups, faith-based institutions and the workplace to promote disability awareness. He co-authored the book, “They Said We Couldn’t,” about living with Cerebral Palsy.

About this site

My name is Chris Lenart, and I have Cerebral Palsy. 

When I was growing up, I felt like I had no one (outside of my wonderful parents) who could guide me through my struggles. I want to change that for the next generation.

I started this website in 2015 to help people with disability — especially Cerebral Palsy — improve their quality of life and inspire them to reach their goals. The site has grown since then to include information of interest to parents, the community, caregivers and employers, among others.

 

If you have a disability, an interest in making the lives of people with disability better, or just want to know more about what it’s like to live with a disability, you will find some great information on this website. For example:

My Book

My friend Lisa and I co-authored an inspiring and informative book about our lives with Cerebral Palsy.

PCA Course

To help disabled people to live independently, I created a course on how to hire and work with a personal care assistant.

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Blog & Newsletter

I cover topics such education, assistive technology, love, work, mental health, fitness, setting goals, and faith. 

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My Talks

Through my speaking engagements, I drive disability awareness and inspire others to do the same. 

LATEST POSTS

Prepare for Emergency When Being Nonverbal

I have talked about being nonverbal, but today I will talk about what you might do in an emergency if you are alone. During the warm months, I am usually out and about on my own. Going to church or going downtown Naperville on a beautiful sunny day is fun, although,...

Mental Health Month – Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness

By: Marie Miguel Mental illness is experienced by one in five adults every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It includes bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression, the latter being the leading cause of disability in the world. And yet, one of...

Does Smart Technology Truly Help with Independence?

An increasing of installing smart technology in homes is growing daily. Everybody is buying things for their homes to making their lives easy and save money. Does smart technology help people with disabilities to be more independent?  Smart Technology What is...