Why this question?
I'm writing this because there are many differences. Yet we are the same. Yes! We have physical difficulties that others don't have. But doesn't everyone have some kind of difficulty?
Having a disability:
Living with cerebral palsy doesn't mean that we are not capable of doing anything. I have said this in many of my posts "are you looking forward or looking back with cerebral palsy" and Challenges ahead part 1" I have said it in my podcast too, But it is such an important thing to say because we are still alive and kicking so to speak even if not physically. We are mentally capable of anything! Just like you just sometimes we may need some help physically!
The average person
The average person can get dressed, feed themselves etc. they can also walk, or travel to places without help. But you see they may have unseen problems like bills, emotional situations going on or hidden health issues.
A person with cerebral palsy
A person with cerebral palsy just has the added problem of not being able to walk and may have to use a wheelchair or some kind of support to do so. We may also have problems with personal hygiene or getting dressed. We may have other problems as we get older too like our bodies age quicker than some. But this is not definable as everyone really is different. We may also have some difficulty talking but so do you if you are drunk!
We are the same:
Yet we are the same because we have 2 feet, 2 hands, one brain and the same amount of bones to start with. With life experiences, things change emotionally just the same as anyone else. You might end up in an accident and lose a leg or anything. So when we lose a tiny bit of our own independence we are just as frustrated as you or anyone else. I mean if you really think about it we are all the same yet different because everyone has some sort of disability and that may be asthma or something like that.
We are the same! What are the differences? Are our differences any different to those that you see in your own family? Do you think that your family members are stupid or anything because they are different from you? I am suspecting not! So why not treat us the same as you would treat them?
What I would like you to do is quite simply remember we are the same as anyone in your friends or family and if you know anyone who needs help with anything regarding cerebral palsy. Then send them here to learn more about the condition