Danielle McGill is an advocate with cerebral palsy on a mission to help people with disabilities lead independent lives. Below she shares the facts on cerebral palsy for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disability that affects thousands of children and adults worldwide. March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, which allows us to celebrate and educate others with pride.
CP affects so many individuals and is more common than what one might think. In March, we celebrate with the color green as a new generation arises with cerebral palsy.
Not everyone has cerebral palsy in the same way, but we do have similarities. Muscle movement and coordination are usually affected. Posture and speech impediments can be similar, but the differences are in the details. The best way to know how cerebral palsy affects a person is to speak with individuals who have CP. Feel free to get to know who they are, and you will gain insight into how their disability affects them.
Green is the color of cerebral palsy awareness. Every disability or cause has a color. Why the color green for CP? Green represents new growth, vibrant lives, and renewal of life. Thousands of children are born with cerebral palsy every day, and a new generation of adults are navigating the world with the disability. Green seems to be the perfect match!
Times have changed as people with cerebral palsy are living longer and healthier lives. Healthcare has changed with the times, too, and hopefully, it will continue to do so. In my opinion, the reason why individuals with disabilities have longer life spans is that quality of life has improved with technology, access to services, and independent living.
An individual living with cerebral palsy can live independently, work, and make their own decisions. An adult has the freedom to decide how they want to live and where they wish to go. Children growing up with cerebral palsy are living in a world of technology, advances in therapies, surgery options, inclusion, fewer barriers to break through, and more acceptance than anyone with cerebral palsy has encountered in the past.
Advancements in technology and treatments offer more choices for these children than ever before. A child with cerebral palsy still will face many challenges, but personal goals are attainable.
Throughout the month of March, remember that green isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day. Green is for the beautiful past and future for people with cerebral palsy! Let others know by sharing something about cerebral palsy, and spread awareness so that the future will become even brighter.