Guest Blog: Cerebral Palsy Awareness Transition Hope

Presented by: Cerebral Palsy Awareness Transition Hope (CPATH). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas partners with CPATH to support programs and services offered to children with Cerebral Palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Transition Hope (CPATH) was started in 2013 by a group of parents of children who were born with Cerebral Palsy (CP). We are the only non-profit organization based in Central Texas that gives resources, support and financial help only to people diagnosed with CP and their families.  Cerebral Palsy is a physical disability that can happen before, during or immediately after birth often due to a lack of oxygen to the brain. The disability can include difficulty with balance, muscle control, posture, and other physical problems. CDC studies show that 1 in every 323 children in the United States have CP. CPATH offers many programs that teach about what CP is, help parents find resources, and provides active events for children of all physical abilities. Here are some of the programs we offer:

CPALS – This social group helps families spend quality time together by sharing games and activities that are made for children and adults of all physical abilities. Bowling and karate are two activities that families enjoy with CPALS.

CPARENTS – A program that has educational resources for parents and caregivers, who want to share with each other, build friendships and learn in a place where they can be relaxed around other families that have children with a physical disability and who can offer support. Some topics are:

  • Sharing news on the latest orthotic equipment
  • Learning how to get support from the school system

CAMP CPALS – A weekend of outdoor camping for children with Cerebral Palsy and their families.  The camp is held at Camp For All, where the cabins and activities have been designed to meet the needs of children of all physical abilities. They also have horse stables with trained staff to help children with horseback riding. Other activities include:

  • Archery
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Giant Swing Rides
  • A Nature Center
  • Swimming

ADAPTIVE SPORTS AND RESPITE EVENTS – CPATH partners with a local YMCA to offer an afternoon filled with fun activities for children with CP and their brothers and/or sisters a few times a year. Parents can leave their children with volunteers who partner with the children to help them take part in adaptive games and sports.

GRANTS – These grants are for families, caretakers and children with CP who need financial help to pay for medical equipment, transportation, therapy, recreational activities and other services.

LIGHT THE PATH – This event helps raise money to offer CPATH programs and services at no cost to Central Texas children and their families who live with CP. The event is held in the Fall each year.

To learn more about CPATH programs, events and volunteer opportunities, visit http://cpathtexas.org.

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