Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Raising awareness of living with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. nonverbal spastic dystonic cortical vision impairment
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Weightlifting - parents of people with cerebral palsy often carry their child into adulthood. To experience this, fill a pillow case with potatoes or grab a large bag of rice. (Dexter is about 16kgs) Carry 16kg of potatoes or rice around for a day. Put it in the car, in the bathtub and up and down off the floor.

This is an awesome challenge. I lift a handicapped child everyday and a lot of people think its easy. If they child is deadweight it makes lifting 20 pounds seem like a lot

Physiotherapy - Run up the steepest hill. Climb the steps. Feel your muscles burn. For some people with cerebral palsy, physiotherapy sessions can feel just like that.

Physiotherapy - Run up the steepest hill. Climb the steps. Feel your muscles burn. For some people with cerebral palsy, physiotherapy sessions can feel just like that.

Many people with cerebral palsy cannot sit or stand without support. They may need to have their teeth brushed while they are lying down. Have a go at doing this.

Many people with cerebral palsy cannot sit or stand without support. They may need to have their teeth brushed while they are lying down.

Hemiplegia - Many people have cerebral palsy which affects their body on one side. This is hemiplegic cerebral palsy. To experience this, immobilise an arm and leg on one side of your body. You could put an arm inside a jumper. You could tie a ruler behind your knee. Now, go about your usual day.

Hemiplegia - Many people have cerebral palsy which affects their body on one…

Wordless Love - Some people with cerebral palsy are non-verbal. They may never say "I love you". This can be heartbreaking.

Wordless Love - Some people with cerebral palsy are non-verbal. They may never say "I love you". This can be heartbreaking.

Many people with cerebral palsy struggle to feed themselves. It can get very messy! To experience this, let a small child feed you spaghetti bolognaise.

Many people with cerebral palsy struggle to feed themselves. It can get very messy! To experience this, let a small child feed you spaghetti bolognaise.

Become a researcher. Many people with children with cerebral palsy need to learn  technical terms. Follow the link to find a list of medical terms to research. Explain the terms to a family member. Sometimes, cerebral palsy can be very confusing.

Today’s Challenge: A Cerebral Palsy Researcher You need to research.

For many people with cerebral palsy, chewing and swallowing can be very difficult. For one day, mash or puree your food.

For many people with cerebral palsy, chewing and swallowing can be very difficult. For one day, mash or puree your food.

Out and About with Cerebral Palsy = Sometimes, parents of younger people with cerebral palsy struggle to get in and out of the car with their child.

Out and About with Cerebral Palsy = Sometimes, parents of younger people with cerebral palsy struggle to get in and out of the car with their child.

Cerebral Palsy and Stairs - Not everyone with cerebral palsy is in a wheelchair. But, many have difficulties walking. Spend one day avoiding all steps and uneven footpaths.

Cerebral Palsy and Stairs - Not everyone with cerebral palsy is in a wheelchair. But, many have difficulties walking. Spend one day avoiding all steps and uneven footpaths.

Flies on your face - Many people with cerebral palsy lack the strength and coordination to flick flies or ants off their face and body. To experience how this may feel, have someone brush a feather across your arms and face.

Flies on your face - Many people with cerebral palsy lack the strength and coordination to flick flies or ants off their face and body. To experience how this may feel, have someone brush a feather across your arms and face.

Guilt - Many parents of people with cerebral palsy feel considerable levels of guilt. More here: http://lovedexter.weebly.com/blog/cp-challenge-30-guilt

Guilt - Many parents of people with cerebral palsy feel considerable levels of guilt. More here: http://lovedexter.weebly.com/blog/cp-challenge-30-guilt

People with cerebral palsy sometimes have difficulty with coordination and hand strength. To experience this, wipe your bottom with your non-dominant hand. Good luck!

People with cerebral palsy sometimes have difficulty with coordination and hand strength. To experience this, wipe your bottom with your non-dominant hand.

Many people with cerebral palsy also have a vision impairment. To experience this, rub cream on your sunglasses and do your usual jobs.

Many people with cerebral palsy also have a vision impairment. To experience this, rub cream on your sunglasses and do your usual jobs.

Some people with cerebral palsy need surgeries, which can result in them having one foot longer than the other. To experience this, wear two different shoes for a day. Wear one shoe with a high heel and one with a flat heel.

Some people with cerebral palsy need surgeries, which can result in them having one foot longer than the other. To experience this, wear two different shoes for a day. Wear one shoe with a high heel and one with a flat heel.

Disability & Public Toilets - Check out the disability access toilets at your shops. Are they easy to get to? Are they locked? Is there an adult sized change table? (Many people with cerebral palsy always need to wear 'nappies') If not, people with cerebral palsy may need to be changed on the floor of the toilets.

Disability & Public Toilets - Check out the disability access toilets at your shops. Are they easy to get to? Are they locked? Is there an adult sized change table? (Many people with cerebral palsy always need to wear 'nappies') If not, people with cerebral palsy may need to be changed on the floor of the toilets.

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