Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Perspectives

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Perspectives

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How we, as parents and professionals, define expectations for life outcomes, focus treatment efforts, and define research agendas is directly related to our perspectives. Perspectives that focus on competency and optimism are the key and cornerstone of this EXCEPTIONAL PARENT special series on cerebral palsy.

Perspectives of people who have disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, are clearly changing. "Disability" is no longer viewed as defining a person.

Disabilities exist when environments are impeding progress or limiting independence. Environments are physical, social, emotional, economic, and political. Disability is changeable and related to how we as parents, professionals, teachers, and communities provide enabling opportunities in these environments. These include access to competent medical care, fully included educational programs, and social participation in a quality life where personal choice is fundamental

This special series presents the thinking and expertise of many leading and seasoned authorities and parents in the area of cerebral palsy. Their thinking reflects a new viewpoint that attempts to understand the roles environments play in how young people with cerebral palsy grow up and mature. …

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