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What you might not know about cerebral palsy

Today I have another post up at The Art of Simple. This post is part of a monthly series there called The Intellectual Grownup, where Tsh explores topics like history, science, and art — “just because it’s good for our brains to learn new stuff.” Here’s an excerpt:

“When I was in high school, I had a part-time job at Blockbuster Video (VHS tapes! Be kind, rewind!). One of my co-workers was a guy named David*, and he had cerebral palsy.

It was the first time I’d really been around someone with a disability. David was a typical guy in every way, except that he walked kind of strangely, and he used fore-arm crutches for support. His arms and hands were a little bit bent and twisted, making some of our tasks more challenging for him.

I thought about David when I found out that my daughter Laura* has cerebral palsy.

For many of us, there might be a shroud of mystery surrounding those words. They might seem a bit scary – or a lot scary.

They might conjure up images of severely handicapped children.

They might just represent totally new or unfamiliar territory, and you’re a little uncomfortable with the whole thing.

It’s ok; I understand because I used to feel all of those things, too. But now that I have a daughter with cerebral palsy (CP), I’m learning a lot. I’m learning what CP is and what it means, and that I don’t have to be afraid of it.

So, for this month’s Intellectual Grownup offering, I thought I would share some of what I’ve learned about CP, in the hope that I could pull back the veil a bit, remove some of the fears, and bring a little more awareness and understanding into our world.”

Go here to read the rest.