What is your disability? Learning Disability and Cerebral Palsy
What school did you attend? I attended Rumworth School
What college did you go to and what did you study?
I attended Bolton College and studied on the Independent Living Course.
What are you doing at the moment?
I attend Smart Enterprise and I am studying for my Bronze Arts Award. I also help out at my mum’s cleaning business..
What are your aspirations for the future?
I want to continue to help my mum with her cleaning business.
What are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?
I enjoy cookery, music particularly The Spice girls, Girls Aloud and The Saturdays.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is an umbrella term encompassing a group of non-progressive, non-contagious diseases that cause physical disability in human development. Cerebral refers to the affected area of the brain, the cerebrum (however the centres have not been perfectly localised and the disease most likely involves connections between the cortex and other parts of the brain such as the cerebellum) and palsy refers to disorder of movement.
All types of CP are characterised by abnormal muscle tone, posture (i.e. slouching over while sitting), reflexes, or motor development and coordination. There can be joint and bone deformities and contractures (permanently fixed, tight muscles and joints).
A learning disability can be mild, moderate or severe. Some people with a mild learning disability can talk easily and look after themselves, but take a bit longer than usual to learn new skills. Others may not be able to communicate at all and have more than one disability
The unknown factor is the disorder that affects the brain’s ability to receive and process information. This disorder can make it problematic for a person to learn as quickly or in the same way as someone who is not affected by a learning disability.
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