Sunday, 19 April 2009
It is great that celebs are speaking out and raising awareness about disability...it is probably true that people seem to be able to relate more to high profile figures than members of their own community, so by talking about disability and how it affects families, is only going to help people understand and show compassion.
CEREBRAL PALSY FACTS
It is the most common form of disability in children
Around one in every 400 babies in Britain are born with it each year
The incidence rate increases to one in 20 for babies with a birth weight under 1500g
High profile names can help raise awareness of a disease or condition, and bring it under the spotlight.
This video series talks to those in the public eye about their personal reasons for speaking out.
Football star Phil Neville speaks out about his daughter, Isabella's, cerebral palsy. He talks about the challenges and rewards of family life.
He shares his joy when she took her first steps, despite the doctor's odds.
Five years ago, Isabella was born ten weeks prematurely, weighing 3lb 3oz (1kg 445g). She spent her first few weeks of life fighting for life in a special care baby unit.
Isabella survived, but at 18 months she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy - a disability caused by damage to the brain before or during birth.
One of the reasons this is a great example is because it highlights the different levels of cerebral palsy quite well, here is a child with CP that can walk, obviously Deion has CP and is a wheelchair user, so even though the level of physical limitation may be different, what a family has to go through is largely similar.