It seems there is a “month” for everything these days. Some of these commemorations are silly like National Healthy Homes Month or National Honey Month. There are also some pretty important monthly commemorations. From Wikipedia, here are some of the monthly observances for the month of March:
National Nutrition Month, Red Cross Month, Social Worker's Month, Women's History Month and Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Umbrella Month, Peanut Month, Noodle Month, Mirth Month, Spring Month, Hoops Madness, Poetry Month, Umbrella Month, Red Cross Month, Youth Art Month, Academy Awards Month, Ethics Awareness Month, Help Someone See Month, Social Worker's Month, Women's History Month, National Nutrition Month, Honor Society Awareness Month, Humorists Are Artists Month, International Listening Awareness Month, International Mirth Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, Music in Our Schools Month, National Collision Awareness Month, National Craft Month, National Kite Month, National Nutrition Month, Optimism Month, Play the Recorder Month, Poison Prevention Awareness Month
March also happens to be Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. Sadly, many of the sites that list these types of observances, don’t mention that. In looking into Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, I found out that most every disability or cause is associated with a color such as heart disease is red, breast cancer is pink, childhood cancer is yellow. Did you know that the color associated with CP Awareness Month is green? The color green is often associated with new growth and renewal of life. The color doesn’t seem to match the cause but one article that I found had a good explanation for it. Here is the link to that article.
Who better then to bring awareness about Cerebral Palsy but the people who are affected by it? That’s you, me, our partners, our children, grandmas and grandpas. The best advocates though are our special children themselves. Their stories can be instrumental in showing others the effects of CP and how people live with CP.
A few years ago, my determined daughter decided to join Girl Scouts because she wanted “to be like everyone else”. The Troop she joined was very welcoming and the Troop leaders went out of their way to accommodate her. She, however, still felt that the other girls looked at her funny – and I think she was right. She was different, but because her CP is mild, the girls couldn’t quite figure out what was different. I suggested that she put together a little presentation on CP to tell the Girl Scouts in her Troop the following:
- How CP affects her
- How CP doesn’t affect her – her intellect is just fine!
- Tell them what they can do to support her
At the end of the presentation, there were 10 girls and 2 moms who knew more about CP than they ever did! If possible, allow your child to tell his/her story. Their story will not only help to foster understanding, it will greatly help your child feel that they are in charge of THEIR own CP story. That’s awareness!