This year Veterans Day fell on a Wednesday, giving the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow a great opportunity to show a chat co-founder John W, Quinn respect. In fact multiple participants thanked John for his 20 years serving the U.S. in the Navy.
The average person might think someone with cerebral palsy can’t serve in the military. John would leave that person baffled. As last night’s dialogue continued the importance to recognizing John’s accomplishments emerged.
Anyone interested in learning more about John and his naval career should checkout his memoir Someone Like Me: An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy*.
Now let us refocus and get back to recapping yesterday’s #CPChatNow Twitter chat. A recent news story captured our community’s attention.
Since the two links Erin shared played a major role in later conversation I should probably include live links here. Take a look at the actual news story and then the post about the reporter originally calling the murder a “mercy killing.”
Regarding the news story and other similar ones Erin posed a thought provoking question.
Time for you to keep the conversation going. This week’s extend-the-conversation question asks “What word or words do you feel contributes the most to disability misconceptions?” Answer in the “Comments” section!
Hard issues stayed a focus point Wednesday evening with discussion about parents who let their five-year old daughter with a terminal illness decide whether to continue receiving treatment at the hospital or come home to basically die. You can read the details here.
You can certainly see this week’s #CPChatNow featured heavy subject matters. However, subjects such as “mercy killing” and assisted suicide didn’t own exclusivity on the night. We discussed other topics too.
I know any additional pain the cold weather dealt me last night I stopped noticing because the great #CPChatNow discussions kept me distracted. Help keep the momentum going by joining us next Wednesday for the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat. The fun begins at 8pm ET.
Finally remember to answer the extend-the-conversation question. “What word or words do you feel contributes the most to disability misconceptions?”
Answer below in the “Comments” section!
I look forward to your responses.
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