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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,...

Mental Health Month – Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness

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...

Utah is Paving the Way With Therapy

Utah is Paving the Way With Therapy

I ran upon an article about giving funding for therapy to children with Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida in Utah. If the bill passes into law, it would be the first law in the country that would allow money for therapy. I think that this is awesome in so many ways....

Bullying — Can We Actually End It?

Bullying — Can We Actually End It?

These days bullying is getting worse and it is not improving. Bullying is not new – it’s going on for decades. My dad was bullied when he was a teenager and he is almost 90 years old. In his time, kids did it for fun and would forget it. Today kids can do...

What You Can Do In 2019 To Improve Your Life

What You Can Do In 2019 To Improve Your Life

It is 2019 already and the holidays are all over with. Most people are saying thank God, but some people are saying why are the holidays over? During the holidays, we saw family and friends who we don’t see too often, and we got out more. Since we are back to the...

Love – Does It Really Exist Today?

Love – Does It Really Exist Today?

Love takes many forms. It can be between a wife and husband, parents and a child, girlfriend, and boyfriend, between siblings, and many other types. When we look for love, we often think that he or she will be this hot looking person. Today I am going to be talking...

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.

 

For Treatment & Therapy

Easter Seals is a place to receive therapy. They are nationwide, and they handle many types of disabilities, but Cerebral Palsy is the most common disability they treat.

DuPage Easter Seals is in Chicago, Illinois. They treat kids with CP and other disabilities. I went there for many years. 

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.

There is a good article about how to make your home more accessible for elderly family members. It is by Kris Lindahl.

Finding Aides

If you are in Illinois and want to hire your own PCA, this Health Care Worker Database from Illinois Department of Public Health is simply a must. It allows you to find out if the PCA is in good standing with the state. You can also report criminal actions against a PCA.

Caring is a website that helps seniors find aides. This page is for Illinois, but they are in other states as well.

 

Legal Information

If you believe you suffered an injury from medical error during birth, have a look at the Birth Injury Justice Center site.

This law firm specializes in disability claim denials.

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.

 

 

Disability & Employment

Dreamscape Foundation is an organization that helps people with disabilities to find jobs. They also help people with rare disabilities have a better life.

Monster.com offers tips on how to get a job if you are a person with disability. 

Disabled World offers information on equal employment opportunity and disability, as well as links to resources from other worldwide employment organizations and agencies, including websites for persons with disability looking for work, disability job vacancies, and jobs working from home. 

EXTERNAL POSTS BY CHRIS

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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