Rep. Nicole La Ha Speaks on Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month (Video)

Cerebral palsy, often abbreviated as CP, is not just a medical condition; it’s a lived experience for thousands of people. It’s a group of disorders that affects movement, posture, and muscle coordination, stemming from damage to the brain, usually occurring before or during birth, or in early childhood. Despite being the most common motor disability in childhood, it’s a condition that is often misunderstood.

This month, as we raise awareness about cerebral palsy, it’s crucial to recognize the diversity within the CP community. CP manifests differently in each individual, with various types such as spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, and mixed, presenting unique challenges. By understanding and acknowledging this diversity, we can foster empathy, inclusivity, and support for all those affected by CP.

I am committed to creating inclusive environments that accommodate individuals with CP and other disabilities. Accessibility in public spaces, transportation, education, and employment is not just a matter of convenience; it’s a matter of equity and justice. Everyone deserves equal opportunities to thrive and contribute to our society.

We must also recognize and address the challenges faced by individuals with CP and their families. From medical expenses to accessibility barriers and societal stigma, these challenges can be daunting. However, through support networks, resources, and services, we can help alleviate some of these burdens and empower individuals with CP to lead fulfilling lives.

And yet, amidst these challenges, there’s a profound depth of love and resilience. As a parent of a child with CP, I know firsthand the struggles and the joys that come with it. The hardest part for me is seeing her struggle, something I can’t fix. It’s something we have to live through, and at times, it brings pain. But it also brings so much joy and perspective for which I am eternally grateful. Every little bit of progress is a small victory.

My hope for my daughter, over everything else physical, is that she is happy. I want to show her to be proud of who she is. I want to highlight the gifts God has given to her. I want her to lack for nothing. I want to celebrate both her, and my son, for how unique and special they are to me and to this world.

Together, let us stand in solidarity with the CP community, reaffirming our commitment to empathy, understanding, and inclusion.

Celebrating World CP Day! (