This post was last updated on February 7th, 2018
When you or someone you love is gets Cerebral Palsy, a lot of different things begin to go through your mind. With these questions, comes a search for more information. Unfortunately, many places and people give incorrect information. Not just incorrect information but also myths that can scare and confuse you even more.
Here are a few of the most commonly and incorrect myths surrounding Cerebral Palsy:
People with Cerebral Palsy can’t hold a job
This is one that has been frequently discussed, for all people with disabilites. Not only is it inaccurate, it’s also disrespectful to those with Cerebral Palsy. After the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, people who have disabilities cannot be discriminated against and are equally employed.
This bill allowed more and more people with disabilities to become full-time employed and live completely normal lives.
People with Cerebral Palsy cannot live independently
This is something people often ask their doctors and specialists about. There is no “one” answer. There are many different answers depending on each specific case. There’s many things that you can do or modify to make sure that you can live as independently as possible. Some house and life hacks include; lowering the clothes hanger in your closet, or having special adaptive utensils, or even have adaptive kitchen appliances.
If you can take the necessary precautions, living a normal life is completely plausible for many people with Cerebral Palsy. But again, the severity of each diagnosis is different.
Children with Cerebral Palsy will not be able to speak
This is again a very blanket statement. With each case having a different level of severity, there is no one answer. But in most low-severity cases, usually speaking isn’t usually a problem.
And if speech does become a problem, there are many other ways to communicate. Whether that’s from a whiteboard, a communication board, or even sign language.
Children with Cerebral Palsy are all hearing impaired
Yes, Cerebral Palsy does greatly heighten your chances to become hearing impaired. But not all children that have Cerebral Palsy suffer hearing loss. Many do not suffer from loss or impairment at all. In addition to, many people mistake those that have problems with speech with those that have hearing problems. The problem is that they cannot correctly convey exactly what they are trying to say, due to them not hearing properly.
Children with CP are mentally challenged
Like the previous myth, not “all” children with Cerebral Palsy are mentally challenged. While, it does increase the risk to have both cognitive and physical challenges, but it is dependent on each individual. Typically, kids with Cerebral Palsy test above average on aptitude tests!
In a world of unlimited information, sometimes the truth gets lost. It is important to dispel some of these rumors, so that real information becomes more publicly known.
Did you fall for any of these myths?