As World CP Day approaches on October 6th, we invited our members to share their stories and how CPABC has helped them thrive.
A.J. Brown is an active member of CPABC. She participates in many programs and is admired by both fellow classmates and staff. A.J. is 55 years old, and enjoys riding her adult tricycle and keeping fit. A.J. is an artist and earns money from her artwork. You can check her beautiful work at www.handsandpurrs.ca
She finds that those with cerebral palsy, or any disability for that matter, are negatively affected by people’s perceptions. A.J. says that often people see those who have a disability as a drain on the system, as dependent people, or as people not worthy of anything because they are perceived as not contributing to society. She feels that this attitude is very old-fashioned and may have been acceptable in previous decades, but now people with disabilities should be seen as an untapped resource for society. A.J. believes that the potential is there to use the unique skills of people with disabilities to improve society so that they can shine and help others – all it would take is a bit of help and support.
How CPABC has helped
A.J. really loves the movement therapy class at the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC (CPABC). She also says that the Friday support group has helped to save her sanity during this extended pandemic and that if it weren’t for these two programs, she definitely would have gone crazy from isolation. A.J. loves how the CPABC groups make her feel that she is an acceptable human being.
About World CP Day
World Cerebral Palsy Day is a global movement of people with cerebral palsy and their families, and the organizations that support them, in more than 60 countries. The day is an opportunity to celebrate, raise awareness and take action to ensure that people with CP have the same rights, access and opportunity as anyone else in their communities.
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