One of the saddest things about cerebral palsy is the social reaction children and adults get from the disease. CP only affects the physical body; it does not change intelligence. However, due to the strange motions the disease causes, people can assume that someone with CP isn’t mentally capable.
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An article on Health.com shares the experiences of Janira Obregon, a woman with CP in all four limbs and who uses a wheelchair for mobility. She’s now a model for We Speak Model Management and uses her position to advocate.
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Through her effort, she graduated from public high school in the top four of her class and made it to the National Honor Society in college. But it was an experience with a teacher that turned her on to advocacy. The teacher apologized to her for underestimating her ability and not knowing how much a person with CP could succeed.
In 2017, she was approached to do a photoshoot for Runway of Dreams, a modeling group that advocates for people with disabilities in the fashion industry. Many brands are creating adaptive clothing for fashion shows and in 2018 she was able to participate in the New York Fashion Week for Nike.
She hopes that her efforts and her work with We Speak Model Management will encourage others to accept different types of beauty.