Hello Connect-Ability ,
I’m working at NYSUT this summer . My first job is to get ready for the August 10th workshop. Have you read the book Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper yet? I have and I thought it was really good. I could totally relate to it. I don’t have the same type of Cerebral Palsy (CP) as Melody, the main character has. I have Spastic diplegia . It’s historically known as Little's Disease, and is a form of cerebral palsy (CP) that is a chronic neuromuscular condition of hypertonia and spasticity — manifested as an especially high and constant "tightness" or "stiffness" — in the muscles of the lower extremities of the human body, usually those of the legs, hips and pelvis.
Spastic diplegia accounts for about 22% of all diagnoses of cerebral palsy, and together with spastic quadriplegia and spastic triplegia make up the broad classification spastic cerebral palsy, which accounts for 70% of all cerebral palsy diagnoses.
But to get back to the book we’re reading for our next writing workshop. It’s a story about a girl with CP. I could relate to Melody’s accommodations at school. I used to get extended time for test taking as well.
But I also understood how she felt when people looked at her funny and they still look at me funny sometimes. Truth be told, I don’t like that. Instead people should smile and be friendly because that’s what I do when I meet someone. I am looking forward to interesting conversations and discussions about CP at our next workshop