Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist
Worldwide, there are an estimated 17 million individuals with cerebral palsy. With March being Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, we’d like to use this opportunity to highlight a few inspiring individuals who are making headlines and bringing joy to their communities.
- Kinley Jones proved the sky is the limit with a little perseverance and positivity as she took her first steps without a walker in a heartwarming viral Facebook video. Check out the article from Good Morning America: Single mom touches millions by teaching daughter with cerebral palsy how to walk.
- Brock Spayd, a high school lacrosse player, was featured in U.S. Lacrosse Magazine showing off his determination in this feature: Born with Cerebral Palsy he found his identity on the lacrosse field. As Brock continues to reach his goals, his mother Angela has begun the trending hashtag #TakeThatCP to mark every new milestone and accomplishment Brock Achieves.
- João Vicente, a seven-year-old boy with cerebral palsy was able to learn how to skateboard with help from the nonprofit Skate Anima who created a specialized walker to help him ride. The design for the walker was created by Ricardo Oliveira and inspired by his own children who have mobility difficulties. Now, Skate Anima hosts regular rides and João’s mother says that he has become an avid boarder. Check out the full article from CBS: "Thrilling" video shows 7-year-old boy with cerebral palsy skateboard for the first time.
- Faith Guilbault, age 15, modeled adaptive clothing in New York City’s Fashion Week. Faith showed off Kohls’ adaptive clothing line, which can be easily fastened or zipped by people of all abilities. Read more for the full story from Yahoo: Teen with cerebral palsy to walk the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.
- Inspired by her son Frankie, Margaret Cortes opened ‘Special Kneads Bakery’ to provide opportunities for job training and customer service experience for individuals with disabilities in her community. Read more about the bakery and this mother son duo from WILX: Mom opens Special Kneads Bakery to employ her son with cerebral palsy.
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