Many things can happen to an unborn child or newborn infant to cause cerebral palsy. In most cases, the condition stems from complications before or during birth. In some instances, cerebral palsy is caused by a doctor’s mistakes or a hospital’s error.Read More
High School Makes Cerebral Palsy Man’s Dream Reality
Posted on March 15, 2013 in Cerebral Palsy News
People with cerebral palsy don’t get the same opportunities as everyone else. They may have to attend special classes, a special school, or no school at all. They will likely face challenges in socializing and making friends, too. That’s why it’s so important for families to cultivate those friendships that do arise.
When 22-year-old Brian Posey attended a workshop over Thanksgiving last year, he met a group of 10 Lake Catholic High School students. Posey, who has cerebral palsy, bonded with the kids and from that day on wanted to be a student at Lake Catholic.
“The guys were really great to Brian and he just forged an instant friendship with them,” said Bob Fratino, manager at the workshop and a Lake Catholic graduate himself. “After that, he came up to me a lot of times and said, ‘I want to go to Lake Catholic, I want to go to Lake Catholic,’ so it really worked out.”
This past week, Posey got his wish. For one day, he was a student at the high school, accompanying one of his workshop friends from class to class. He even got to attend a pep rally where he was the guest of honor.
The gymnasium full of students roared with excitement as Posey took a lap around the court, waving and smiling.
“I didn’t think he’d come back,” said his mother, who was able to watch.
For Posey, and many people like him, the need to fit in and establish real friendships is important. As social creatures, we derive a sense of identity when we are able to forge bonds with others. Because cerebral palsy makes people differently abled, it can make such bonds a challenge.
For parents of children diagnosed with cerebral palsy, their socialization is no doubt a serious concern, just as their health and treatments are. And this will continue as they grow into adulthood.
Fortunately, in some situations, where the cerebral palsy is caused by a medical mistake or birth injury, parents could be entitled to compensation to assist in planning for the future and the costs of treatments and equipment.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you believe it’s due to a birth injury, contact the Chicago cerebral palsy lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. today. Call 877-722-1621 today for a consultation on your case.