• Cerebral Palsy Self-Care Tips

    Let’s talk about cerebral palsy self-care tips! In this Facebook live video, I discuss simple things we can do to take care of ourselves. Here are some examples: Drinking water Taking vitamins Exercising Meditating Listening to music Self-care is essential for living a healthy, productive life. Practicing good habits allows people with or without disabilities

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  • Dealing with Disabilities: What Not to Say

    “Disability is natural. We must stop believing that disabilities keep a person from doing something. Because that’s not true – having a disability doesn’t stop me from doing anything.” Benjamin Snow, director of the award-winning short film, Thumbs Down to Pity. Thinking About Disabilities Some of the best ideas come to me when I’m in

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  • 5 Cerebral Palsy Workout Tips

    The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) defines physical fitness as “a general state of health that results in your ability to carry out daily tasks without getting too tired.” It wasn’t until I had selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery and became a disability advocate — that I learned the damage (often referred to as “early aging”) spasticity, or abnormal muscle tightness, does to our bodies.

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  • The Cerebral Palsy News Trend Media Must End

    Have You Seen This Cerebral Palsy News Trend? When an adult or child with CP is featured in the media, the story usually follows a disturbing cerebral palsy news trend: damaging descriptive language. Think about it. How many times have you read a headline describing us as ‘suffering?’ There are countless inspirational articles with this negative

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  • Kathy O’Connell’s Tips for Dating with a Disability

    Dating with a disability can be challenging. We all want to find a partner who loves us for our abilities, not our limitations. Due to my own frustrations, I gave a Toastmasters speech about my idea of the perfect man. Get ready to laugh out loud! I’ll Have What She’s Having Have you ever admired someone

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  • Disability Poem Shatters Perceptions in a Powerful Way

    I’m an author, poet living with cerebral palsy (CP). When I read this disability poem by Marty Gregoire, who also thrives with CP, — and is the founder of Footsteps of WNY, an organization that provides charitable assistance to individuals with cerebral palsy — it really spoke to me. Benefits of Writing Poetry There are many benefits to

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  • My Journey from SDR to Special Books by Special Kids

    Cerebral Palsy & SDR I have cerebral palsy (CP) and in 2012, I stumbled across information on Facebook about a life-changing surgery called selective dorsal rhizotomy, or SDR. I’d just turned 39, wondered why I’d never heard about a procedure that could have made me — and my legs — navigate the world much easier.

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