This is Me!
My name is Joseph and I have Cerebral Palsy.
What I want you to know about me...
- I am 8 years old and in grade 3.
- I have spastic cerebral palsy, so my muscles are tight and it's hard for me to walk.
- I use a wheel chair to go as fast as you (and sometimes faster!)
- I like playing video games with my friends.
- I like to talk and tell stories.
- I am good at painting.
What I need help with...
- I need help getting around.
- I need help writing things on paper and doing things with my hands.
- I need a special desk for my wheelchair.
- I need help with my belongings.
- I need help in the bathroom.
How my teacher helps me...
- by giving me extra time to get to and from class
- by providing a computer for me type my work on
- by providing a special desk that fits around my wheelchair
- by providing a special place in the classroom near my spot for my things
- by providing time to use the accessible bathroom and someone to help me
My alternative program...
- I have standing time everyday
- I do stretches everyday to help my tight muscles
My cool keyboard...
- I have something called alternative control assistive technology. What that means is I get a really cool keyboard to help me do my work. My keyboard is called an ergonomic keyboard and the keys are split up into two groups. I use a computer a lot and a regular keyboard hurts my arm muscles after a while. My ergonomic keyboard keeps my muscles from hurting too much.
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Ontario Teachers' Federation. (2015). Cerebral palsy. Teachers' gateway to special education. Retrieved from http://www.teachspeced.ca/cerebral-palsy
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