If you notice people out in mass Wednesday wearing green, do not go looking for corn beef and green beer. Rather than a belated St. Patrick’s Day celebration, these people will wear green to recognize National Cerebral Palsy (CP) Awareness Day. At least the majority will. A few might wear green coincidentally just because they like green, but I digress.
The important point Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 marks National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disabilities & Stroke (NINDS) cerebral palsy “refers to any one of a number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination but don’t worsen over time.”
For more textbook knowledge on cerebral palsy like the different types and treatment options visit NINDS’ detailed CP web page. I think linking you to the page proves better than me parroting the information here. After all, the textbook knowledge bores me a bit.
Admittedly though, the textbook knowledge stands very important. Such information serves as the foundation to understand CP. Once you establish your foundation you can enjoy the more interesting aspect to cerebral palsy awareness, learning personal stories!
Memoirs by authors with CP offer one avenue to become familiar with the aforementioned. From the CP memoirs I read Someone Like Me: An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy* by John W. Quinn and the audio book Living This Rodeo: A Journey From Fantasy to Reality* by Shane Michael Taylor standout the most. To add a cheap book plug, on a five-star scale my memoir Off Balanced holds a 4.5-average rating from Kindle* and Nook readers.
Fun fact, writing Off Balanced helped me form more connections with my fellow brethren in cerebral palsy. Probably my deepest connections lay within the #CPChatNow community, the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat I co-host every Wednesday at 8pm ET with Reaching for the Stars Foundation Student Ambassador Blake Henry.
Now anyone who pays attention to details realizes this week’s #CPChatNow Twitter chat falls on National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. To commemorate the occasion we at #CPChatNow extend the invite to you the teacher, parent, caregiver, or whoever to join us and ask us “the cerebral palsy experts” questions.
Personally I’m pretty stoked about Wednesday’s chat. So much potential exists! Our #CPChatNow community’s varied experiences should answer questions comprehensively in ways rooted in firsthand information. High school students, college students, young professionals, and adults all with CP comprise the #CPChatNow community.
Joining remains simple too!
1. Sign into Twitter a few minutes before 8pm ET.
2. Search for “#CPChatNow.” Make sure you change results from “Top” to “All.”
3. Ask your question and make sure to include “#CPChatNow” in your tweet.
Anyone not on Twitter who wishes to participant can do so on Facebook by doing the following.
1. Sign into Facebook any time before 8pm ET Wednesday, March 25th.
2. Visit the #CPChatNow Facebook fan page and like us.
3. Leave your question. Blake and I will ask the Facebook questions during the Twitter chat Wednesday evening.
4. Stop back at the #CPChatNow Facebook fan page Thursday afternoon to find the recap for Wednesday’s chat. I will include all Facebook questions in the recap.
I look forward to answering your questions on National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. Build off your cerebral palsy awareness foundation through personal stories from the “cerebral palsy experts!”
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