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Inspirational Relationships

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.


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    Family Advocates

    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.
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    Family Bonds

    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.
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    Forever Homes

    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.
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    Friendships

    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.
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    Idols

    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.
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    Keep Families Together

    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.
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    Mentors

    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.
    Mentors »

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    Parent Caregivers

    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.
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    Parental Legacies

    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 »

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    Parents Who Advocate

    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.
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    Sibling Connections

    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.
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    Special Moms

    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 »

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    Spouses and Partners

    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.
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    Supportive Dads

    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.
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    Twin Siblings

    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.
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The Unexpected Journey: Maximizing Potential

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.
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Unlocking the Doors to Communication

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.
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Socialization: Interacting with others


The ability to connect with others helps people build important relationships with friends and family members, but having refined social skills is also important in education and work settings. The practice of socialization can be a difficult one if a person is self-conscious about his or her ability to communicate, but it’s one that will open doors to a life of interacting with others.
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Inspirational Book

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’My Perfect Son’

’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.
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    The inspiring father-and-son team, Rick and Dick Hoyt, will forever represent a symbol of strength and parental devotion, as Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley declared October 22, 2014 as Team Hoyt Day.