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4 years later...

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25th March 2013- 'Life as a Cerebral Palsy student' was created

   Over the last 4 years I have written a lot, and apart from the 6-month break in 2014, it has been pretty constant rambling from a student who has Cerebral Palsy. You've seen the highs, and the lows- and most probably everything in- between. You've seen me get through my GSCE's, A- Levels and first year of university. I hope you have gained a little insight along the way of what life is like for a student who has Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, chronic pain and impaired vision while in mainstream education and attempting to fit in with peers. Yet the most important thing, I hope you have learned you don't actually have to fit in. It is okay to wear zebra print splints with a dress and it is okay to use a purple wheelchair one day and walk the next! If that is the only thing I have taught you then it has been 4 years worth my while.

   If I look back at my very first blog post it actually makes me a litt…

A Parent's Perspective of Cerebral Palsy

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Hello!

For those of you who are unaware, March is always a very exciting month for me. It is Cerebral Palsy awareness month, the anniversary of 'Life as a Cerebral Palsy student' and it is my birthday. March will mean that there is an even bigger push about awareness about Cerebral Palsy which in my opinion is great, although I appreciate my opinion is slightly bias! The core of raising awareness is often teaching people about the basic principles of Cerebral Palsy in the hope that they gain a little more understanding.
Cerebral Palsy is the most common motor disability in childhoodHalf of children with Cerebral Palsy were born prematurely Cerebral palsy doesn’t mean never walking. Many can, many will.There are four types of CP: spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, and mixed.People with Cerebral Palsy use three to five times more energy than othersEvery case of Cerebral Palsy is as unique as the person who has itThree in four kids experience recurring pain as a result of Cerebral Palsy…

National Diversity Awards 2017

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Hello!

For those of you who do not know, I have recently been nominated for a National Diversity Award for 'Positive Role Model' in the disability category which I am absolutely amazed about! I cannot believe that after being shortlisted to the final seven nominees in the UK and attending the ceremony last year I find myself up for nomination the following year.

To know what impact you can have on people's lives is really powerful- the amount of people who I have never met!

To know that that work I do is being recognised is both amazing and slightly embarrassing, I write because I feel it is almost my duty to do so. I have this opportunity to educate the world and make changes that I would not have the confidence or knowledge to do if I did not have Cerebral Palsy. I enjoy the fact that I can connect with so many amazing individuals who share my passion and this has led to some very special friendships over the last few years. To be recognised at the age of 18 when you are …