6 Things Everyone Should Know About Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy does not define a person

  • “People with cerebral palsy are exactly that. People. Just like everybody else. They love, laugh, cry and live. Just like everybody else.
  • “CP is a condition that needs attention but it’s not the person. If people could just spend some time to get to know him their lives would be enriched, as ours have been.”
  • “People do not ‘suffer with CP’ as the Daily Mail would put it. It is not an illness.” – Catherine on Facebook
  • “It’s not a disease and you can’t catch it!” – Kerryanne on Facebook
  • “They should know that you can’t catch CP and that people with CP do – contrary to popular belief – have pride in their appearances.” – Rachel on Facebook
  • “You can’t catch cerebral palsy, you can talk to me x” – Lesley on Facebook
Talk to a person with Cerebral Palsy the same as you would to anyone else
  • “Just because the body might not work, don’t think that the brain don’t work either!”
  • “People should respect you, it’s not our fault we have.
  • “Just because someone has CP, it doesn’t mean they are deaf or don’t understand what you say. Speak directly to someone, not about them, and not to their carer as if they aren’t present.”

    Cerebral Palsy affects people differently

  • “Each child is individual and should be treated as such.
  • “Every disability is different and affects each individual person in a unique way this does not affect the way this person thinks and has they have the same feelings and thoughts as any other person.”
  • “Cerebral palsy can affect people differently my daughter has cerebral palsy but you wouldn’know to look at her but she still has difficulties, people need to see past the disability my daughter is amazing and a true insp
    • People with Cerebral Palsy achieve things

      Nathan has cerebral palsy and is a qualified pilot.
      • “My son has quadraplegic CP and is in a wheelchair. This however has not stopped him climbing mountains, canoeing down rivers and raising money for his school. He goes to football, cricket, the theatre and lots of other events. Disability does not stop you achieving your dreams, it just changes the way you get there.” – Debby on the blog
      • “My daughter was born 23 years ago, and after a difficult birth, and 3 months down the line we were told she had cerebral palsy.  At 18 months she walked, she went to nursery, she went to primary, then secondary, then college, then university, and passed with honours. After taking a little longer, this summer she got a teaching job and moved to Birmingham with her supporting boyfriend who works at P.G.A golf. We are very happy and proud of our daughter. And thank you Scope.” – Marcella on Facebook
      • “Everyday I am humbled and privileged to be here to tell the tale, we all have individual journeys and challenges to face, but I for one am very proud of the progress myself and my family have made over the years!” – Liz on Facebook
      • “I’ve got Cerebral Palsy and I live an independent life. I work part time, I cook and I’ve been married to my husband for three years. My left side doesn’t work but I make the most out of life and try to keep smiling.” – Tracy on Facebook

      People with Cerebral Palsy are loved

      Molly with her parents.
      • “My little boy has CP and I wouldn’t change him for the world!” – Shelly on Facebook
      • “My son is 15 months old and was diagnosed with CP the day after his 1st birthday. Since then we’ve had another diagnosis of Semilobar Holoprosencephaly which means he should be a lot worse than he is, but he a super star!!! He can’t sit or crawl but he loves a good old wriggle. He babbles like mad and laughs like a drain! He makes everyone around him smile and I’m so glad he’s mine x” – Samantha on Facebook
      • “Hi there, my son is now nince, and only a year ago was finally diagnosed with unilateral hemiplegic CP , he also just recently was diagnosed with ASD. He lets nothing get him down, he does have learning disabilities but he is the most loving boy I could have asked god for.” – David on Facebook
      • “My son is 6.5 and has quad CP, visually impaired, gastro fed & seizures. He faces challenges on a daily basis that most of us never encounter in a lifetime but through it all he continues to give us the most amazing smiles. He’s truly special and the world would be much duller without him in it xx” – Kerry on Facebook

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