In this post I answer the question is cerebral palsy contagious that I get asked all the time. The question actually kind of makes me sad from a social perspective to think that people worry that cerebral palsy is contagious. I grew up often feeling and or being socially isolated from my peers and as I am writing this I am wondering if my peers worried without my knowledge that cerebral palsy is contagious, because the simple answer is that no cerebral palsy is not contagious.
I worry about where the notion that is cerebral palsy contagious came from? I suspect as with a lot from our society, it comes from a lack of education about the topic. But this attitudinal thinking is cerebral palsy contagious makes me worry for the social implications for people with cerebral palsy.
As I have written numerous times here about my experience with social isolation but the cause of it has never crossed my mind; in fact I think there are a number of causes but that the main one is a lack of education and therefore it makes the kids with it have low self-esteem or at least that that is my fear all from a lack of education on the part of society
Childhood and adolescence is hard enough when you have a disability like cerebral palsy because it makes you different but then when you add a barrier like society not understanding what cerebral palsy is it makes it that much harder.
part of the reason I started this blog in 2009 was to be the voice for those younger then me living with cerebral palsy I started it because I didn’t find my story represented online. I want to debunk myths like is cerebral palsy contagious, think about it if society did just that what would happen?
I can’t help but ask myself if the barriers to employment faced by folks with disabilities stem from attitudinal barriers and myths like the one I am talking about today: is cerebral palsy contagious. If people like you and I work together to break down this lack of knowledge and work toward a common understanding about disability I think the world would be a better place.
I am seriously beginning to think that a lot of employment issues and other social issues would be greatly reduced if people had a clear understanding of things.
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