Cerebral Palsy Myths
Children with Cerebral Palsy can never learn to walk.
It’s true that some children with CP will always need to rely on mobility aids, such as wheelchairs or walkers, to get around. However, this is by no means the norm. In fact, over half of people with CP do not require mobility aids at all. While they may walk slowly or with a different gait, children with cerebral palsy may indeed learn to walk independently. Additionally, some people with cerebral palsy aren’t affected by it in their lower limbs and have no trouble walking at all.
People with CP will always have limited mobility.
Even those who can’t walk aren’t necessarily homebound. Assistive technologies can help wheelchair users stay just as active as independent walkers. For example, modifications to motor vehicles mean that even children who experience paraplegia can learn to drive once they reach their teens. Additionally, more and more communities are investing in accessibility measures, such as curb ramps and wider sidewalks, that ensure people with mobility impairments can freely enjoy the outdoors.
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