On Monday 12th August, years five and six participated in part one of the disability awareness program called ‘Just Like You!’. The aim of the program is to show school students that people with a disability are the same as everyone else – they are ‘just like you’. Year five were very lucky to meet Natalie and Erica from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and participated in activities that helped them to understand what it would be like to have cerebral palsy. Take a look at the important information below that Natalie and Erica shared with year five.
- Cerebral palsy is also known as CP.
- ‘Cerebral’ refers to the brain and ‘palsy’ means weakness or lack of muscle control.
- Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition, however a child with CP can achieve greater control over movement as they learn and practise motor skills.
- In Australia, a child is born with CP every 15 hours (approx).
- There are different types of CP.
- CP is not a disease, it is a condition. It is not contagious – you can’t ‘catch it’.
- A person with CP may find it difficult to talk, walk and/or use their muscles.
- Many people with CP can and do live independent lives in the community and are able to participate in the same activities as others.
- It takes a lot of concentration for a person with CP to complete tasks such as walking.
- People with CP often become tired very quickly because they need to concentrate really hard.
- We should be careful about the words we use to describe a person with a disability.
- There are many inspirational people who have a disability, such as Kurt Fearnley.
- A disability is not the same as being sick. We should not describe a person with a disability as someone who is ‘sick’.
- People with disabilities are just like us, they have likes and dislikes and should not be defined by their disability – their disability is a part of them just like having blue eyes is a part of you.
We can’t wait until part two of the disability awareness program!
Take a look at the YouTube clip below. Nick Vujicic has a disability and he is incredibly inspirational.
What did you learn from the program and why is it important?
Why makes Nick Vujicic and/or Kurt Fearnley inspirational?
Teach your parents and other family members about CP and other disabilities.