There’s an old saying that the measure of a person’s life is measured by how much they are loved. There’s no doubt about it: our relationships with others are the cornerstone of our ability to thrive and enjoy life. Relationships allow us to explore all of the facets of giving and receiving love, from the patient and protective concern shown between a parent and child to the fire and chemistry that happens between friends, mates and spouses. And the level of ability has nothing to with the level of love one is willing to give to or receive from another.
Kyle and Brent are preparing for their first IRONMAN Wisconsin race, they reflect on how athletics empowers people with disabilities and foster awareness.
Brotherly Bonds »
For Mike and Tim, creating Handicap This! dispels notions that those with cerebral palsy don’t have anything in common with those who do not.
Caregivers and Friends »
Extended family members can be instrumental in helping to ensure a child’s health, education and safety needs are being met.
Extended Families »
Eunice founded the movement that became Special Olympics, the largest movement for acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in the history of the world.
Family Advocates »
Priscilla wanted to share with MyChild™ her personal story of the challenges – and achievements. Her story provides a rare view into living with cerebral palsy.
Family Bonds »
For Kerry and Patricia Hutchinson, the fact that their adopted twin daughters have cerebral palsy is a component of their active and loving forever home, but not the focus.
Forever Homes »
All parents hope their child will have friends. For children with disabilities, making memorable friendships can be a barrier. Here’s how to help a child break through what can be a heartbreaking and formidable roadblock.
To say Ian’s a racing fan is an understatement; a home-sewn NASCAR-inspired costume and custom wheel hubs help him cross the finish line as racing’s ultimate fanboy.
For families that include children with disabilities, external pressures have the potential to disrupt the family unit. If a family plans well, employs teamwork, makes time for one another, and anticipates troublesome stressors may disappear.
Keep Families Together »
Children with cerebral palsy may be in a position where there are many people that love and care for them, but they may come to feel as if few truly understand what they’re feeling. When this occurs, a good mentor can be the answer.
When Charlene learned her daughter had severe cerebral palsy, doctors told her that her daughter would not live long. Three decades later, life has more joy than both could have predicted.
Parent Caregivers »
Dick and his wife, Judy, were devastated when Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. But he and his wife, Judy, were devoted parents and decided to give their son a life of uncommon opportunity, inclusion, and of course, athletics.
Parental Legacies »
Advocating for a child’s inclusion in society is as much about everyday encouragement as it is about taking on critical issues on behalf of children with cerebral palsy.
Parents Who Advocate »
For Conner and Cayden, a children’s triathlon was just the beginning of a bonding experience, not to mention, big dreams for the future – together.
Sibling Connections »
A woman of super-human powers and uncommon grace, our mothers are the go-to individuals that wipe tears, administer sage advice, advocate for us behind the scenes and work every day to bring out the best we have to offer. Here’s our tribute to a woman who believes in us.
Special Moms »
Dan expected to have a life of loneliness because his cerebral palsy would prohibit someone from loving him. But Dan would ultimately find that life is full of surprises after meeting his soul mate and wife, Dena.
Spouses and Partners »
Alejandro Zea, a mixed martial artist, came to see a side of fighting he could never imagine existed when his son was born with cerebral palsy.
Supportive Dads »
When one twin has cerebral palsy, and the other does not, it can add another element to a relationship that is already complex, but meaningful.
Twin Siblings »
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This kit can help!
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There is evidence that children with cerebral palsy far exceed initial assessments. Children that physicians have once said would never walk have not only put one foot in front of the other, they’ve climbed mountains. Others that were never expected to communicate have spoken, written books, and inspired others with words of wisdom. Even in severe forms of cerebral palsy a child’s potential can materialize making possible the aspirations that parents have for their child’s future.
The Unexpected Journey: Maximizing Potential »
Too often, there is an assumption that the lack of speech means a lack of communication. There’s nothing that could be further from the truth. Today, there are so many manual and technological aids that can bring young people with cerebral palsy a gift many people take for granted: The ability to express their point of view.
Unlocking the Doors to Communication »
’My Perfect Son’ offers a personal story as a roadmap
When Marie Kennedy’s son Jimmy was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, she went on an odyssey of information-seeking and soul-searching. Her book offers advice and encouragement to parents experiencing the same situation.
’My Perfect Son’ »
Do you have a fond memory, a story of hope, a piece of inspiration, or something you have learned that may assist other families? If so, we would like to hear from you.
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Cooking is such a huge part in our everyday lives and we spend so much time either preparing a meal or eating one. Imagine how much quality time you can spend with your child if you included them in the process. Children love helping and it makes them fee...
Our final craft for your child with special needs is a fun slice of Pumpkin Pie. This craft can serve as an excellent table setter (write each person's name on the brown crust so they know where to sit!), as well as serving as a fun opportunity for your c...
A handprint can be more than just art for a parent. Serving as a permanent marker of your child's size, a handprint design is a time capsule surrounding the holidays. It can also, though, be a simple and easy way to get your child involved in the holiday ...
Thanksgiving is a fun, great time to bring the family together. A family that has a child with special needs may have a harder time figuring out how to get that child involved. The child may feel left out and unimportant to the task of getting ready for t...
There are many forms of bullying and there are many signs that can indicate bullying. It is important to look out for signs, especially for special need’s children. They may not understand what is truly happening or they might not have a way to tell som...