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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

In Honour of World Cerebral Palsy Day...

...another look at Jan Brunstrom!

I blogged about Dr. Brunstrom for Developmental Disabilities Month. The important work that she does with children with cerebral palsy makes that entry worth repeating!

Jan Brunstrom: Helping Children with Cerebral Palsy Be the Best That They Can Be

Jan Brunstrom is a doctor at St. Louis Children's Hospital, in the Pediatric Neurology Cerebral Palsy Center that she started in 1998. The twist? She has cerebral palsy herself.


The thing that I really liked about hearing about Jan Brunstrom is that she's ability-focused. In a world where supports are so deficit-focused (interested in hearing what the person can't do, rather than what he or she can do, to determine eligibility for supports), that's such a breath of fresh air.

And any program that encourages people not to use the word "can't" is fine by me!

Jan Brunstrom's program is very high regarded and sees over 2000 patients a year.   She's an  amazing example of someone a developmental disability (cerebral palsy) making an excellent contribution to society.

How are you celebrating World Cerebral Palsy Day? Learn about other people with cerebral palsy who are changing the world by following @abilitycatcher on Twitter.


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