Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills usually caused by brain damage before, or during a child’s birth, as well as in its developmental years. CP is a non-degenerative condition that affects about three children per 1,000 births, and currently there is no cure. The effects of CP can be as mild as a minor limp, but the worst cases usually include paralysis of the legs or hands, speech impairment, and sometimes mental retardation. However, many people live successful lives with this condition, spreading awareness about living well with CP.
Josh Blue is an American stand-up comedian who is most famous for winning season four of the reality show Last Comic Standing in 2006. He uses his self-deprecating sense of humor, challenging others to overcome pre-conceived notions about those with cerebral palsy. Blue said the purpose of his appearance on the show was to “make people aware of the fact that people with disabilities can make an impact.”
2.Abbey Nicole Curran
Diagnosed with CP at age 2, Abbey Nicole Curran made history when became the first Miss USA contestant with a disability, representing Iowa in 2008. Since then she made a memorable appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and she founded the Miss You Can Do It Pageant for young girls with special needs. The pageant was featured in HBO’s Summer Documentary Series in 2013.
Although he wasn’t diagnosed with CP until he was 11, Bonner Paddock played sports as if he did not have any physical limitations. In 2008, he became the first person with CP to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro unassisted, and his journey was featured in the documentary Beyond Limits. In 2012, he broke another record, becoming the first person with the condition to complete the Ironman Triathlon. He is the founder and chairman of the OM Foundation, which raises money to build early-learning centers that provide various types of therapies for children with disabilities.