When children with cerebral palsy or another birth injury get the support and care they need, they can achieve just as much as abled children. A good example of this was reported by the Meridian Star.
A high school senior with cerebral palsy recently competed in an agricultural show showing off a pig that she raised for her Future Farmers of America class.
To help raise the pig, she has a special wheelchair that looks like a tractor to handle the outdoor environment. Working farm tasks from a wheelchair or crutches was tough, but she wanted to be in an independent class where she could move more.
One of the reasons she was able to succeed was because her family encouraged her to participate in anything she wanted to do growing up. She’s even a hunter. By using a mount for her weapon, she has managed to take down several large game animals.
Now she is looking for a community college with an FFA club so she can continue her farm studies.
If you have a child with a disability, don’t let their challenges get in the way of their dreams. There are many ways you can help them to grow up with a sense of independence. Reach out to local disability advocacy groups and find out how you can help.