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

Best High School Reunion Ever

Best High School Reunion Ever

This past Saturday night I went to my 30-year high school reunion. Yes, I am that old. I went to it not expecting too much because it was in a big group, I feel I am left behind because it is too noisy.  Talking When I got there, it was in a small room in an Irish...

Love Someone With a Disability

Love Someone With a Disability

I ran across an article about a woman who has MD and is in a relationship with a man who is able-body. She was asking him questions about their relationship. His answers were well thought out. He was her caregiver too. This was really unique, to say the least. When a...

Prepare for Emergency When Being Nonverbal

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,...