Cerebral palsy is a neurological disability that affects thousands of children and adults worldwide. March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, which allows us to celebrate and educate others about the disorder.
With so many disabilities in the world, cerebral palsy often is easily pushed to the back of people’s minds. But it affects so many people and is more common than what one might think. In March, we celebrate with the color green as a new generation arises with cerebral palsy.
Not everyone has cerebral palsy in the same way, but we do have similarities. Muscle movement and coordination are usually affected. Posture and speech impediments are almost similar, but the differences are in the details. The best way to know how cerebral palsy affects a person is to talk to them. Feel free to get to know who they are, and you will gain insight into how their disability affects them.
Green is the color of cerebral palsy awareness. Every disability or cause has a color. For example, heart disease is red, breast cancer is pink, childhood cancer is yellow, and cerebral palsy is green. Why is green the color of cerebral palsy awareness? Green is associated with new growth, vibrant lives, and renewal of life. Because thousands of children are affected by cerebral palsy, and a new generation of adults is navigating the world of this disorder, green seems to be the perfect match!
Not so long ago, if someone had cerebral palsy, the age expectancy didn’t surpass 40 years old. Times have definitely changed as adults with cerebral palsy are living much longer and healthier lives. The healthcare industry has changed with the times, too, and hopefully, it will continue to do so. In my opinion, a main reason why people with disabilities live longer is that the quality of life has greatly improved with technology, health management, and independent living.