March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and share ways people can help persons with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.
It is caused by damage to the developing brain, usually before or during birth, and can occur due to various factors, including infection, lack of oxygen, or brain injury.
CP affects people differently and can range from mild to severe. Some people may have difficulty with fine motor skills, such as writing or using utensils, while others may have difficulty with gross motor skills, such as walking or standing.
It can also affect speech, vision, and hearing. People with CP may experience muscle stiffness or spasticity, making movement difficult or painful. Some may also have seizures, learning disabilities, or behavioral problems.
Despite the challenges that come with CP, people with CP live fulfilling lives. With the proper support, they can learn to navigate the world around them and achieve their goals.
This includes access to proper medical care, physical therapy, and assistive technology.Assistive technology can include wheelchairs, communication devices, and mobility aids that help people with CP live more independently.
Cerebral Palsy is not progressive, meaning it does not worsen over time. However, it can change over time, and people with the condition may require different types of support at different stages of their lives.
While there is no cure for CP, ongoing research is helping to understand the condition better and develop new treatments.
This includes stem cell therapy, which has shown promise in helping to repair damaged brain cells in people with CP.
During Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, it is essential to remember that people with CP deserve respect, understanding, and support.
Increasing awareness about the condition can help reduce stigma and ensure that individuals with CP can live their lives to the fullest.
People are encouraged to champion the rights of people with Cerebral Palsy by speaking out about their need for better support and resources, reaching out to elected officials, and asking them to support policies that improve access to healthcare and education, and employment for persons with disabilities.
Additionally, all individuals are inspired to join or organize events raising awareness about CP. This can include walks, runs, and other activities promoting understanding and support for those with Cerebral Palsy.
We can help create a more inclusive and supportive world for people with CP and other disabilities.
BY STACY ODHIAMBO