A little something I wrote on my film social media site here https://plus.google.com/u/1/b/103662...ts/cCu9fGAnexF about Cerebral Palsy awareness month 2016. See below.

March is Cerebral Palsy awareness month. Many of the characters in my films have Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy (often shortened to "CP") is a brain injury that happens before, during, or shortly after birth. It can be caused by lack of oxygen to the brain or conditions such as a fetal brain hemorrhage, which is similar to a stroke, but in most cases the reason for the brain damage is unknown. Cerebral Palsy affects the motor areas of the brain in a vast amount of ways depending on where the damage in the brain occurs. It usually causes the muscles to be too tight (spastic) or too loose because the brain signals are constantly being misfired throughout the person's entire life. The misfiring can lead to issues with balancing, coordination, speech, proprioception, body alignment, and even a life long retaining of certain infant reflexes such as the Moro Reflex. The Moro Reflex is the startle reflex in babies and usually disappears when the baby is under 6 months of age but people with CP can have this reflex as children and adults. It is essentially a built in pre programed fear of falling. CP can affect one side of the body (called hemiplegia) or both sides of the body. Every case of Cerebral Palsy is unique and can range from being so mild that it is almost unnoticeable to being so severe that the person uses a wheelchair full time. Most people with Cerebral Palsy in media are portrayed as having the more severe types so we at Crip Video Productions are interested in raising awareness of the experiences of those with more mild to moderate cases of CP. A lot of people still donít seem to realize CP can be mild. I think the internet is a great place to show the reality i.e the good, the bad, and the ugly of living with disabilities and it is my hope that my films do just that. I was also surprised to learn that March is Traumatic Brain Injury awareness month. In October 2015 I gave a talk about Traumatic Brain Injury http://cripvideoproductions.tumblr.c...y-presentation where I showed the trailer for Crips Not Creeps http://www.cripvideoproductions.com/cripsnotcreeps.php I was surprised to discover the many similarities between Cerebral Palsy,Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke. I met people with types of brain damage that I had never even heard of before, such as brain damage that effects sleep patterns and thalamus damage that effects sensory processing. These types of brain damage are almost completely invisible. The above information can be found on our website here as well http://www.cripvideoproductions.com/about.php