CP Inspiration

People are making a difference. Many people – including parents, family, friends, school administrators, caregivers, paraprofessionals, government agents, employers, co-workers, service providers, and more – are responsible for enhancing the lives of individuals with cerebral palsy. Follow TheCPBlog.org for cerebral palsy blog stories that celebrate humanity.

Guest Post: A Child with CP that Became an Adult Author

In recognition of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, we thought it would be an amazing opportunity to share the voice of a community member that has faced the journey many of you may just be starting. Having a child with CP can be very difficult and involve a number of questions about their present and future, as well as goals and more. Once a child with CP and now an adult, Lyne Dubeault, has a story that may also be all too familiar for some of you while, at the same time, providing hope for those of you curious about what your child’s future may hold:

Inspiration for Finding Your Own Path with Cerebral Palsy

While we often focus on children with Cerebral Palsy in hopes of helping to make an impact at an important time during a child’s development, we also work to show what the future can hold. Stories of success and strength we receive from people with CP can be enriching and inspiring to all due to the long road that led up to their successes, but they also supply the hope needed for today’s children.

Avoiding Feelings of Isolation as a Special Needs Parent

Every child with Cerebral Palsy is a gift and parents of children with CP are some of the bravest, strongest people on the planet. The time commitment and dependency involved is incredible, making feelings of isolation or “being alone” a common occurrence. While many of our resources are dedicated to helping children, the MyChild team also feels strongly about helping, strengthening and empowering parents in any and every way that we can.

Students Build 3D Printed Exoskeleton For Kids with Cerebral Palsy

Students in the robotics club at Granada Hills Charter High School spent their summer building a low-cost exoskeleton that would help children with Cerebral Palsy walk.

Exoskeletons for therapy can make a huge difference for children learning to walk: it cut the rehabilitation time from five years to one. However, these devices are expensive - ranging from $300,000 to $500,000. To produce an exoskeleton for a fraction of the cost, the students used cost efficient materials: 3D-printed parts, four motors, a treadmill, and a harness.

Community Helps Homeless Teen With Cerebral Palsy

19-year-old Jake has Cerebral Palsy and was walking along a rural highway in Monroe, Washington in search of his favorite animal – horses – when a stranger stopped him to offer help.

Aaron Panagos said communication was difficult at first. Once he learned that Jake was homeless, and it was clear that he couldn’t take care of himself, Aaron called police to see what they could do to help.

Aaron and officer Paul Henderson took Jake to Valley General Hospital in Monroe with, where he received care and shelter.