Study Identifies Primary Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Low birth weight is a major cause for cerebral palsy.

Karin B. Nelson, M.D., scientist emeritus at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health, and her colleagues from the University of Sydney, the University of Western Australia and Sydney Adventist Hospital in Australia examined the degree to which four specific risk factors contributed to cerebral palsy […]

From Cerebral Palsy at Birth to College Bound Student

Dalton McBeath's was born with CP and his parents told his chances of survival were slim.

This story is one example of a child with disabilities who overcame a grim medical prognosis at birth who went on to achieve amazing things. by Randy O’Bannon – When you’re dropping your daughters off at college, the last thing you expect to do is to run into a great pro-life story. But last week […]

A Primer on the Several Types of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is the collective names used to describe a spectrum of chronic movement disorders affecting body movement and muscle co-ordination. These disorders are usually caused by damage to one or more parts of the brain. Cerebral palsy is often considered a congenital (present at birth) syndrome. It may however, also develop after birth. A […]

College Student with Cerebral Palsy Strives for Independence

Attending Howard College seems amazing after her parents didn't even know she could spell before owning a DynaVox.

by Laurel L. Scott – Like her classmates, Ashley Mohesky tried to paste an interested look on her face as she listened to an aria from a Wagner opera in her music history class at Howard College. The Lake View High School graduate and senior class prom queen prefers country music and planned to do […]

Mother Pursues Avenues to make Therapy Room for Son with Cerebral Palsy a Reality

The Make-a-Wish Foundation awaits Klemente Kelin's house renovation to install new therapy room.

by Christina Lane – After being told all his life that her son wouldn’t make it, Kristina Klawinski has reasons to be thankful. “I tell God every day how grateful I am for us to be together,” she said Wednesday. Klawinski’s son, Klemente Klein, now 11, was born as a triplet at 23 weeks and […]

Athlete with Cerebral Palsy Wins Swimming Meet

The meet for swimmers with disabilities was held at Evanston High School.

by Hayden Shaver – A gymnasium full of fans got to see something incredible for the first time. And seven swimmers got to be a part of it. The 2012 high school girls swimming finals marked the first year during which there were events for athletes with disabilities. And for one Peoria girl with mild cerebral […]

Friends Crown Senior with Cerebral Palsy Homecoming King

A senior with a big smile is wearing an even bigger smile after this weekend’s Homecoming at St. Lucie West Centennial High School in Port St.Lucie, Florida. Hakam Daley has not had it easy.  He has cerebral palsy and has been in and out of foster homes most of his life.  But he has many […]

Young Boy with Cerebral Palsy will Participate in California Marathon

The program provides recreational and athletic experiences for those with disabilities.

by Justin Willis – “Rafael was born 4 months premature. The odds were stacked against him tremendously from the very start.” Rafael Reyes is as energetic as any 4-year-old and he doesn’t let the effects of cerebral palsy hold him back. “Even when I first met him, he had this smile on his face.” He […]

Robots to Assist Crawling Efforts on Infants with CP

Crawling struggles can impact an infant's cognitive development by stunting their ability to explore.

Learning to crawl comes naturally for most infants, but those with cerebral palsy lack the muscle strength and coordination to perform the 25 individual movements required for crawling. With a $1.135 million, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s National Robotics Initiative, University of Oklahoma researchers from the Norman and Health Sciences Center campuses are […]

We Need More Social Networks Designed Around Disability Topics

by David Morrison – As most of what I write about comes from online articles or research, I often think of this blog as a sort of virtual support network. Even those who read my column in print may follow-up reading by going online to gather more information on a topic or to email me […]