Congratulations to Samantha Helgerson, Winner of the ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Scholarship!

We are pleased to announce that Samantha Helgerson has won the January 2020 ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Scholarship! Samantha is a student at Northeastern Illinois University, studying Interpersonal Communication. Here is her winning essay: Dear Selection Committee, My name is Samantha Helgerson. I am a 35-year-old woman with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy (CP) which has…

Relationships Between Parents of Children with Disabilities

Child-rearing can have profound effects on marriages and relationships between parents. For parents raising children with disabilities, the effects may be heightened.  This is not to say that these relationships are doomed to failure. Many parents of children with disabilities report enduring, happy relationships, and some note that their parenting experiences strengthen their bonds with…

University of Michigan Researchers Invent Augmented Reality Game to Improve Inclusion of Kids with Disabilities

Recently, there have been notable advances in technology that allow kids with disabilities to engage in more equitable competitions with non-disabled peers. For example, the organization AbleGamers is working hard to promote adaptive video game technology, such as Microsoft’s new adaptive controller for Xbox (which you may recognize from this viral Superbowl commercial). However, when…

Cancer Drug May Prevent Contractures in Children with Cerebral Palsy and Neonatal Brachial Plexus Injury

Cerebral palsy (CP) and brachial plexus injuries both typically manifest in early childhood, as they are often caused by birth injuries (harm to a baby during or near the time of birth). These conditions differ in many ways, including that cerebral palsy is the result of brain damage/abnormalities which can be caused by traumatic birth…

United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a non-profit that serves those with disabilities. They have many affiliate groups across the U.S. and Canada.  UCP was founded in 1949 by parents of children with the motor disorder cerebral palsy. Over the years, UCP has raised awareness about the needs of individuals with cerebral palsy, as well as…

Dysphagia and cerebral palsy

Dysphagia is a condition characterized by persistent difficulty or pain when swallowing. There are many causes of dysphagia, and people of all ages can suffer from it (1).  Dysphagia is especially common for children with complex medical needs, with an estimated 30-80% of children with developmental disabilities having some form of dysphagia (2). Children with…

Three-Dimensional Movement Analysis Found to Help Measure Arm Movement in Children with Unilateral CP

Unilateral (also known as hemiplegic) cerebral palsy affects the motor abilities on one side of the body. Children with unilateral CP usually have impaired upper limb function. For this reason, measuring the movement of the upper limbs is imperative in logging the progress of a patient with unilateral CP (1).  In three-dimensional movement analysis (3DMA),…

Comparing Cerebral Palsy to Other Motor Disorders

Nervous system conditions that affect an individual’s movements are called “motor disorders.” They can result in increased voluntary or involuntary movements, as well as faster or slower movements (1). Many motor disorders can have similar signs and symptoms, even though they are caused by different underlying conditions or diseases. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a movement…