Cerebral Palsy https://www.cpinfo.org The COMPLETE Guide on Cerebral Palsy Wed, 16 May 2018 16:34:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Johnson Simon: An Artist and an Inspiration https://www.cpinfo.org/johnson-simon/ Wed, 16 May 2018 16:33:11 +0000 https://www.cpinfo.org/?p=4702 “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”  Thomas Merton, a poet in the 20th century, wrote those memorable words.  They remain true when you look at the story of Johnson Simon, an artist who has achieved great things despite being born with cerebral palsy.  Johnson graduated from IUPUI with […]

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”  Thomas Merton, a poet in the 20th century, wrote those memorable words.  They remain true when you look at the story of Johnson Simon, an artist who has achieved great things despite being born with cerebral palsy. 

Johnson graduated from IUPUI with his master’s degree on May 12th.  The 28 year old loved art from a young age but didn’t know if the discipline would love him back. 

As Johnson was painting during class one day his teacher praised the work.  Johnson thought it was her way of being nice but she continued to pound the point home telling him that his art was amazing.  Johnson took those words to heart and from that moment on nothing would stop him from making art his life.

When Johnson starts to perform his canvas magic, he doesn’t hold the brush in the traditional three-fingers fashion.  Instead, four of his fingers wrap around the brush while his thumb is underneath, propping up the brush.  But this is the exact thing that makes art beautiful.  No matter how you start, the finished product is what people really want to see.  Johnson’s art adds a sense of hope and sadness that you can feel with every detail on the canvas.

His grad proposal was called, “Step into our shoes.”  It showed the struggles that different people face throughout life.  These paintings are across Johnson’s art room, some laughing and joyful while others explain tales of turmoil and anguish.  What they have in common is a look into Johnson’s mind and his message.

“A lot of us as a human beings, we all have our struggles,” Simon told fox59.com. “None of us are perfect, it’s not a perfect world.”

Johnson plans to open up an art gallery and become a teacher.  The goal is to inspire others to work hard and chase their dreams.  He still has some work to do before getting to that point, but Johnson is strong enough to overcome any obstacles.

“Never, Never give up,” Johnson says following the words of one of his mentors.  These are words that everyone can live by.

Johnson has found himself through art and is a true inspiration. His portfolio can be found right here.

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Weekly Roundup: Celebrating 70 Years to Comedy Night https://www.cpinfo.org/weekly-roundup-celebrating-70-years-to-comedy-night/ Mon, 14 May 2018 20:30:59 +0000 https://www.cpinfo.org/?p=4693 Comedy Night Raises Money for United Cerebral Palsy On April 28, the third annual Comedy Night took place in Rancho, Sante Fe. The event was at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club and the comedians were Steve Kelley, Greg Otto, and Allan Harvey. This annual event is crucial because every year it raises money for the […]

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Comedy Night Raises Money for United Cerebral Palsy

On April 28, the third annual Comedy Night took place in Rancho, Sante Fe. The event was at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club and the comedians were Steve Kelley, Greg Otto, and Allan Harvey. This annual event is crucial because every year it raises money for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of San Diego County.

The United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCP) of San Diego was founded in 1958 by parents with children who had cerebral palsy. Like other associations around the country, it started when parents tried to give extra assistance to their children in the ways that hospitals weren’t equipped to do yet. The desire to help people in need has been so powerful that it’s extended to the creation of great events like Comedy Night.

“Since that time, we have served the San Diego community with a variety of programs and services for 60 years,” David Carucci, the executive director of the UCP in San Diego County told The Coast News, “The mission of United Cerebral Palsy Association of San Diego County is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities.”

David’s brother Marc also does incredible work with the UCP as the director of fund development. Both of them continue to improve the UCP through consistent hard work. Russ Nailz is another important person within the organization. Russ was the emcee of Comedy Night and has helped the UCP for 30 years hosting their galas and golf tournaments. His relationship with the UCP is very important to him along with his friendship with the Carucci brothers.

Russ was actually the person who came up with the idea of Comedy Night. As a comedian himself, Russ loves the idea of being able to combine the joy of laughter with the aspiration of helping those in need. Russ takes so much pride in Comedy Night that he considers it the best event he’s ever been a part of. On May 6th 150 people showed up donate on auctions, and enjoy the comedy show. The talent on stage was stunning as Russ has been able to get star comedians to perform.

“We had three top-flight standup comedians,” Nailz said of the talent on stage, “That’s why I’m not doing any standup. Allan, Greg, and Steve — each one of them can be a standalone headliner for a comedy club. In fact, they were when I was working at comedy clubs in the early 1980s.”

The event was great and keeps getting better each year. There was no shortage of entertainment, yet those in attendance understood why they were there. This seriousness could be seen in the auctions held later in the night with incredible donations. In all the comedy club raised $15,000 to help with cerebral palsy.

Marc couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome saying, “On behalf of UCP, I’d like to thank Russ T. Nailz, Nina Detrow and Michele Surrell of the Fairbanks Ranch CC for making this happen.”

Not Just Another Walk in the Park

On May 12 the 35th annual Walk in the Park took place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The event is a one-mile walk which raises money and awareness for Cerebral Palsy. The walk was held by the United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCP). The news didn’t stop with the walk because during the event one of their best employees announced their retirement.

Gene Amann has spent 40 years helping raise money for the UCP as the campaign director. Ultimately, he decided that now was the time to retire for several reasons. First and foremost was that Gene wanted to spend more time with his wife and kids. But the second reason is that Gene believes it’s time for the next generation of great leaders to take his place with the UCP.

Gene watched and help the UCP grew from the 1980’s to today. He will be remembered for helping the great foundation provide funding for those who needed it the most. Gene cared so much about the organization because he knew the difference it was making. Gene is still willing to help the UCP in any way possible because it holds a special place in his heart.

“It’s something that you never walk away from. It’s in your soul,” Gene said about retiring from the UCP, “It’s in your heart and that’s what life is all about is service to others and United Cerebral Palsy just happened to be the one that I was blessed and was able to connect with.”

No Weak Link in this Chain

The Grand East Angila Run (GEAR) took place on May 6 in Norfolk, Britain. The GEAR run is a 10k which happens annually but this time something amazing happened. 20 men ran the entire race chained together. These men were united not just in chains but their clothing. They wore shirts which had the picture of a smiling young girl which covered the entire chest. The girl was Daisy Mason and the group of runners called themselves the Daisy Chain.

Daisy Mason is a seven year old girl from East Wench, Norfolk who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The Daisy Chain was created to help Daisy cover her ongoing physiotherapy costs as well as purchasing a new wheelchair through donations. The young girl originally became known in Britain because she was featured on a popular show called ‘The Secret Life of Five Year Olds’.

Her uncle Howard Mason has been huge in raising money for Daisy. Howard and the rest of the Daisy Chain completed the run in one hour and 12 minutes. Ben Tansley was another person who showed how important this race was. Ben managed to finish the 10k with the Daisy Chain despite being in a wheelchair. The Daisy Chain made $9,811 during the GEAR run with $180 being raised after the 10k was completed. The group was recognized near the Tuesday Market and people were just throwing money into their bucket.

“We well exceeded our target, which is brilliant,” Howard said, proud of his team and what they were able to accomplish, “We are just hoping to raise as much as we can for Daisy.”

Happy 70th Anniversary to Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County

In 1948 a group of parents decided to make a difference in their community. There was little known about the neurological disorder affecting their children called cerebral palsy, but they figured there had to be a better way to care for the people affected. So the parents of Nassau County, New York, went out to make to make a place that helps people with cerebral palsy. The group rented out a small basement and hired a teacher and physician to start the program. The groundbreaking United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County (CP Nassau) was created.

The importance of the organization grew in the matter of a few years. People donated money to the foundation so that they could get their own building in 1952. Of course that creation wasn’t just a landmark moment for the organization, but cerebral palsy treatment at large. It was the first building of its kind to specifically focus on the rehabilitation and treatment of people with cerebral palsy.

On May 4 there was a party to celebrate the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County’s 70th anniversary. The event showed just how many lives were improved because of the facilities that the organization has to offer.

The people in attendance came from all stages of life, but each one had been positively affected by the association in some way.

There was Daniel Hecht, who has been there for 39 years since he was only 4 years old. Since he started going, Daniel has enjoyed the center each morning because of the friendships he’s made. Along the way, Daniel also learned how to stand, thanks to the treatment in the center.

On the other end, 8-year-old Makayla German walks with the help of a device, smiling as she celebrates her birthday.

Tommy Stallone has relied on the organization since he was 4 years old. He is one of only six people who have relied on the organization since it first started 70 years ago.

“Very, very nice,” Stallone told Newsday. “Everybody makes everybody happy.”

The growth of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County over the past 70 years is truly remarkable. From its humble beginnings, the organization has expanded exponentially and helps over 1,500 children and adults each year, and it owns 18 different buildings in New York and they have a staff of over 900 people.

Ultimately, the anniversary is a culmination of what those parents dreamed of back in 1948.

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Hunter Brown – Play Ball! https://www.cpinfo.org/hunter-brown-play-ball/ Tue, 08 May 2018 20:09:35 +0000 https://www.cpinfo.org/?p=4686 Hunter Brown stood on the mound of Taylor Stadium before the Mizzou Tigers played the Georgia Bulldogs on May 4th.  The nine year old was set to throw the ceremonial first pitch of the day.  Hunter couldn’t stay patient any longer and the moment the announcer said his name he let the ball rip from […]

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Hunter Brown stood on the mound of Taylor Stadium before the Mizzou Tigers played the Georgia Bulldogs on May 4th.  The nine year old was set to throw the ceremonial first pitch of the day.  Hunter couldn’t stay patient any longer and the moment the announcer said his name he let the ball rip from his right hand.  It took years of hard work for Hunter to be able to throw a baseball and it all led up to that beautiful moment.

Hunter has hemiplegic cerebral palsy after suffering from a stroke when he was born.  This causes Hunter to have weakness and pain on the left side of his body.  It’s also harder for him to control the muscles on that side as well.  Hunter has visited occupational and physical therapists since he was young, over the last two years Hunter has worked with a clinic called TigerOT.

TigerOT is run by the School of Health Professions at Missouri University.  They have been crucial in helping Hunter’s daily life.  In the beginning they taught Hunter how to put on socks and button his pants.  As Hunter got older he wanted to get involved with sports from watching his friends play.  The clinic helped with that as well, teaching him how to dribble a basketball with both hands.  This is an incredible feat in itself because Hunter’s left hand requires eight shots of botox every three months so that his palms remain open.

As it got warmer outside Hunter noticed that his peers were playing baseball and wanted to follow suit.  Even though he couldn’t use his glove on the left hand to catch a baseball, Hunter was still determined to play the sport.  He would catch the ball with the glove on his right hand, pull the ball into his body, and throw it over his head with the glove hand.

For almost 45 minutes a day Hunter had to perform the same motion.  He was frustrated because he wanted to learn how to throw and catch the way others were.  Hopefully that is something Hunter can try in the future, for now it’s about being able to participate in those sports.

Before Hunter’s big day, he chatted via Facetime with one of his former occupational therapists, Kyle Faulkner, according to an article on kansascity.com,  Kyle gave Hunter some tips on how to throw the first pitch before asking, “You nervous?”

Of course Hunter, like anyone would in the moment, answered with a short, “Yeah.”

Hunter was nervous, but he still showed Missouri baseball coach Steve Bieser how he would grip the ball on the first pitch.  He owned the moment before delivering the pitch with confidence.

After the pitch, Hunter was handed the microphone so all of Taylor stadium could hear him.  “Play Ball,” Hunter said cheerfully.  The two years spent working with TigerOT had paid off.

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Like a Duck to Water https://www.cpinfo.org/like-a-duck-to-water/ Mon, 07 May 2018 16:15:40 +0000 https://www.cpinfo.org/?p=4682 Justin Gallegos finished his magical run in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 49 seconds at the Eugene Half Marathon on April 29th. It was the culmination of years of hard work, perseverance and dedication. Justin has cerebral palsy, but that hasn’t prevented him from trying to become a better runner each day. His heart has […]

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Justin Gallegos finished his magical run in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 49 seconds at the Eugene Half Marathon on April 29th. It was the culmination of years of hard work, perseverance and dedication. Justin has cerebral palsy, but that hasn’t prevented him from trying to become a better runner each day. His heart has shown to be bigger than any deficiencies his body might have as fans of his story have known for a long time.

Justin started his running career as a freshman at Hart high school in Santa Clara, California. At first there was a lot of falling on the track, but Justin was undeterred by those setbacks. He rarely missed practices over those four years and that determination began to rub off on his teammates.

“The effort he put into training just gave everyone a sense of, ‘I’ve got nothing to complain about,’” his high school coach Larry David said.
Justin is now on the Oregon track club team where he continues to go out and grind each and every day, pushing his body to the limits.

Nike took special interest in Justin’s story and created a shoe called the Breaking2. This shoe was made to help disabled people run while limiting their pain. The Breaking2 has a zipper around the heel, making it wider and creating an easier point for the foot to go in. While the goal for Gallegos was to run the half marathon under two hours, no one can deny that the race was a success. This was Justin’s longest race yet, and he became one of the first ever disabled people to complete a half marathon unassisted.

“I want to show people that you should live your life without limits,” Justin told Runner’s World. “Don’t let people who question you get in your way.”

Justin continues to set higher goals for himself. There is no telling what this special young man can accomplish on and off the track field. Justin realizes that when he races the impact goes far beyond that of a regular athlete.

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Cerebral palsy won’t stop me becoming a lawyer https://www.cpinfo.org/cerebral-palsy-wont-stop-me-becoming-a-lawyer/ Thu, 03 May 2018 21:09:17 +0000 https://www.cpinfo.org/?p=4677 In late March, Daniel Holt was waiting to find out the results of an exam that would determine his future. As Daniel went up to the Pearson Professional Centre in Manchester, England he realized there was a slight problem. The building wasn’t wheelchair accessible. Daniel has cerebral palsy and rides around on a motorized wheelchair, […]

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In late March, Daniel Holt was waiting to find out the results of an exam that would determine his future. As Daniel went up to the Pearson Professional Centre in Manchester, England he realized there was a slight problem. The building wasn’t wheelchair accessible.

Daniel has cerebral palsy and rides around on a motorized wheelchair, so this is something that he’s dealt his entire life. This time a journalist named Rachael Thorn was recording his story. Thorn opened the door so Daniel could get the biggest test results of his life, the results to his bar exam.

Ever since Daniel was growing up in Manchester, England he dreamed of becoming a lawyer.  With determination and a strong ethic, Daniel graduated from the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The QMUL law school is not only considered one of the best in England, but in the world.

In the judiciary system of England, lawyers have two defining titles. They are ether solicitors or barristers—the latter being the most prestigious of the two. Barristers can appear in the high and low courts whereas solicitors are only allowed to be advocates in lower courts. At robed hearings, barristers even dress differently wearing horsehair wigs and open black gowns.

Daniel has always striven to be the best and becoming a barrister is no different. Along the way Daniel has been told that he couldn’t make it, that his speech impediment would be too much to overcome. The argument was that clients would be at a disadvantage because judges and jurors wouldn’t be able to understand him. He has been passed over by some employers because of those concerns.

“The barrister profession represents everyone in society,” Daniel says in a BBC video, “The only way we can do that is if we remove all the barriers.”

Daniel left the Pearson Professional Centre with papers flying around and an ear to ear grin. He passed the bar exam and is now a certified barrister. As Daniel looked over it again he thought that he could have done better but he passed nonetheless. There are still some obstacles to overcome, but Daniel won’t be afraid or back down. He has been a warrior each step of the way and will accomplish his dream no matter what.

“It’s the only career I have ever wanted,” Holt said with a determined look on his face, “I won’t be denied because I’m a disabled person.”

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Jake Garza – Mr. Handsome! https://www.cpinfo.org/captain-america/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:06:32 +0000 https://www.cpinfo.org/?p=4650 Eric Garza serves in the United States Coast Guard as a marine science technician. His job requires him to investigate marine spills and mitigate pollution threats. He is a true patriot—just look at the American flag tattoo that envelopes the upper half of his right arm. However, Eric is a father first and a proud […]

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Eric Garza serves in the United States Coast Guard as a marine science technician. His job requires him to investigate marine spills and mitigate pollution threats. He is a true patriot—just look at the American flag tattoo that envelopes the upper half of his right arm.

However, Eric is a father first and a proud one at that!

His five-year-old son, Jake (AKA “Mr. Handsom”), was born prematurely and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He attends kindergarten at Sexton Elementary School in St. Petersburg where his teachers and dedicated support aide, Cheryl Cunningham, work with Jake to improve his speech, which typically consists of one-word sentences.

One day as Eric and Taylor, his wife and Jake’s stepmom, were enjoying some family time, Jake began speaking. More specifically, he started reciting. Taylor told her husband to get his camera to record, which he did.

With that infectious smile, Mr. Handsome began to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, melting his father’s heart.

According to Eric’s Facebook post, “Captain America! Balled my eyes out. I had no idea he could say the Pledge of Allegiance. So proud of Jake and for his assistant that helped him learn it! America Baby!”

In an interview with KSDK, Taylor said that “His mom would be proud,” referring to Jake’s birthmother, Holly Garza, who passed away from cervical cancer.

Eric, Taylor and of course, Mr. Handsome, you are an inspiration to us all.

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Boy Celebrates World Cerebral Palsy Day by Testing New Technology https://www.cpinfo.org/boy-celebrates-world-cerebral-palsy-day-by-testing-new-technology/ Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:38:32 +0000 https://www.cpinfo.org/?p=4410 October 7 was World Cerebral Palsy Day, and Mathew Stanwood of Colorado Springs, CO wanted to spend it focused on raising awareness of the disorder. Now 13, Mathew was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby and walks using crutches. Thanks to several leg surgeries over the years, his doctors expect that he will one […]

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October 7 was World Cerebral Palsy Day, and Mathew Stanwood of Colorado Springs, CO wanted to spend it focused on raising awareness of the disorder. Now 13, Mathew was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby and walks using crutches.

Thanks to several leg surgeries over the years, his doctors expect that he will one day need only a cane to get around. However, the type of cerebral palsy he has could possibly shorten his lifespan, a fact that Mathew and his family continue to grapple with by remaining positive and focused on what they can do to make his life easier and more comfortable.

One of the ways they do this is by exploring new technologies that may make certain tasks, such as driving, possible for Mathew in the future. That’s why they celebrated World Cerebral Palsy Day by going to Pikes Peak International Raceway to check out items such as an adapted car that paraplegics and quadriplegics can enter and exit on their own, and that paraplegics can drive via hand controls.

Mathew also had a chance to test out smart-glasses technology that let him control a wheelchair using his head; the goal for that technology is to one day use it in cars.

His mother, Jessica, was excited to see all of items that are being developed to help people cope with their cerebral palsy, but said that perhaps the most important thing is still getting other people to understand and accept cerebral palsy and those who have it without judgment.

“Sometimes he’ll go into a store and we’ll get stares like, ‘Why is he walking like that?'” she says. “I’d like it if the child or the mother asked and was happy to talk to him about it. I love to talk to people about it, but when you hear the whispers behind your back, it hurts.”

That’s what World Cerebral Palsy Day is all about: spreading correct information about this complex disorder and the different ways it can affect the people who have it. The more the public knows about it, the less stigma is attached to it, and the more everyone can focus on improving life for those who live with it.

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Boy Continues to Fundraise in Tribute to Friend with Cerebral Palsy https://www.cpinfo.org/boy-continues-to-fundraise-in-tribute-to-friend-with-cerebral-palsy/ Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:35:40 +0000 https://www.cpinfo.org/?p=4384 Connor Herrero is determined to make a difference in the name of friendship. Although he’s just 8 years old, Connor has been working hard since this past May to raise money to contribute toward the construction of an accessible playground in Pelham, AL. Called Carly’s Clubhouse, the playground is meant to be safe and fun […]

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Connor Herrero is determined to make a difference in the name of friendship. Although he’s just 8 years old, Connor has been working hard since this past May to raise money to contribute toward the construction of an accessible playground in Pelham, AL. Called Carly’s Clubhouse, the playground is meant to be safe and fun for children of varied ages and levels of physical ability.

For Connor, this project is incredibly personal because his best friend, Connor Jacobs, passed away in May due to health problems stemming from his cerebral palsy. Initially, Connor decided to do a small fundraiser at Valley Intermediate and Valley Elementary schools, but after raising about $760 with that, he realized that he didn’t want to stop his efforts. (The playground needs about $800,000 in total to be built, and is currently in development and awaiting more donations; it has about $40,000.) So his mother, Ashlea, helped him create a GoFundMe page where he can continue to collect money in Connor J.’s name. He feels that it is the best way to honor his friend since they would have loved to play on the playground together.

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Homecoming Queen with Cerebral Palsy Sets Example for School https://www.cpinfo.org/homecoming-queen-with-cerebral-palsy-sets-example-for-school/ Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:34:50 +0000 https://www.cpinfo.org/?p=4435 Madison Tyree is still in disbelief. The high school girl was thrilled and stunned to recently win the crown of homecoming queen at Jeff Davis County High School. She may not look like the typical homecoming queen in some ways because Madison is blind and has cerebral palsy. But those things don’t define her in […]

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Madison Tyree is still in disbelief. The high school girl was thrilled and stunned to recently win the crown of homecoming queen at Jeff Davis County High School. She may not look like the typical homecoming queen in some ways because Madison is blind and has cerebral palsy. But those things don’t define her in her own mind or in the minds of her classmates, and they never have. Madison is a top student who plays in the band and is popular among the other students because, as her friend Bailey Metts says, “She just brightens your day.” Madison’s kindness and friendliness are what others think of when they think of her, and that’s why she was voted homecoming queen to resounding cheers and support. Bailey explained, “You just saw her name on the list and knew she deserved it….Everybody felt that way….We wanted her to represent this school because of the type of person she is.”

Madison is looking forward to wearing her crown at prom. She is thankful that everyone wanted to vote for her. It’s indicative of her personality that she didn’t vote for herself though: instead, she voted for Bailey. Since Bailey was runner up, the two will be able to celebrate as part of the homecoming court together. And Madison’s win is a reminder to the entire community to look past a person’s disabilities or disorders to see the whole person.

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New Campaign Encourages People to “Just Say Hi” https://www.cpinfo.org/new-campaign-encourages-people-to-just-say-hi/ Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:28:58 +0000 https://www.cpinfo.org/?p=4437 On Tuesday, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation (CPF) celebrated its 60th anniversary, and in keeping with its longstanding tradition of working to improve the lives of people with cerebral palsy, the company launched a new public service campaign. It is meant to encourage the public to interact with people with disabilities and is strikingly simple. Called […]

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On Tuesday, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation (CPF) celebrated its 60th anniversary, and in keeping with its longstanding tradition of working to improve the lives of people with cerebral palsy, the company launched a new public service campaign. It is meant to encourage the public to interact with people with disabilities and is strikingly simple.

Called “Just Say Hi,” it features a series of videos in which a variety of people tell the viewer that all you have to do to talk to a person with a disability is say hello. It may seem obvious, but in fact, many people tend to forget that it can be that straightforward in their anxiety that they will have an awkward interaction or accidentally say something offensive.

This line of thinking is what leads to the feelings of social isolation that many people with disabilities experience on a daily basis. When others are intimidated and don’t talk to them, they feel ignored and disengaged. Saying hi is the easiest thing another person can do to combat that. As CEO of CPF Richard Ellenson says, “While ‘just saying hi’ only scratches the surface of all we can do, it’s a simple and impactful first step.”

The videos feature celebrities and public figures from The Wire actor Jim True-Frost and his son, Leo, to CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and athlete Alex Rodriguez and chef Mario Batali are due to film their videos in the upcoming weeks. The videos will get air time on CBS and its affiliates and throughout New York City via taxis and billboards.

If you want to join the conversation online, you are encouraged to do so using #JustSayHi. Hopefully if we work together, we can make sure that everyone, disabled or not, feels included.

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