Advocacy, Legal & Benefits

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Often we need extra help navigating the healthcare, personal care, education, and legal system. In this section, we are collecting the resources that can help with advocacy needs across the lifespan. 

Personal Care Attendants

Personal Care Attendants can be an integral part of an individual with Cerebral Palsy's life. They can provide direct support services needed to help someone with the basic activities of daily living such as hygiene needs, preparing meals, or housekeeping to providing support in employment, transportation to and from appointments, help in school and so much more. The articles in this section are designed to assist you in finding and keeping a personal care attendant who can meet your needs. 

Understanding Benefits

Understanding disability benefits and appropriate ways for individuals with disabilities to save money or plan for the future, can be quite complicated. The resources in this section are designed to give an overview of some the available disability benefits and resources associated with them. 

Cathryn Gray
University of Michigan Student and Adaptive Track Athlete
Dr. Lisa Thornton, MD
Division Chief for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Sidra Hospital in Doha, Qatar.​​​​​​​
Dr. Nathalie Maitre, MD, PhD
Director of Early Development and Cerebral Palsy Research, Emory University School of Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; Chief Science Officer and co-Founder SmallTalk