Handicap This Productions continues bringing you guest bloggers with cerebral palsy for CP Awareness Month by welcoming a returning guest blogger, children’s author Zach Wood. Writing children’s books remains only one way Zach perseveres over his cerebral palsy. Today he shares how else he prevents CP from limiting him.
Hi, my name is Zach and I would like to share how I persevere over my cerebral palsy. First though let me explain how my CP creates challenges for me. The challenges my CP creates for me are a lot. I have daily pain due to my spasticity, trouble regulating my body temperature because of an inability to move around, and I have arthritis which gets worse with low temps in the wintertime. On occasion I experience back spasms.
Still, I persevere over my cerebral palsy! I volunteer in my community. For instance, I am on the Disability Advisory Commission for the city of Loveland, Colorado. The feedback the commission provides helps to keep Loveland accessible. I wanted to be involved in the commission to be a vehicle for change.
Additionally I volunteer helping out a local business by providing maintenance services. I wash paint bottles and paint brushes to help out Artisan You!, a pottery and glass making place. Supporting local businesses is important to me. So when I socialize with friends I go to a local coffee shop.
I stay physically active by sit-skiing at Winter Park, Colorado’s National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). My mom and dad like to have the entire family involved in skiing and snowboarding. Sit skiing is a way for me to be involved in something the whole family likes to do together. NSCD allows me the opportunity to be successful at skiing.
Originally I was introduced to the NSCD through my local school district’s adaptive PE program. After my public school career I kept in touch with the program to continue to be involved in sit-skiing.
Persevering over my own CP makes me want to help others with disabilities do the same. I collect wheelchairs for people less fortunate than I and by doing this I’m helping them persevere. I write children’s books to educate the public on cerebral palsy and other disabilities. In conclusion I am an example that you can persevere over anything if you try hard enough!
Putting forth the effort,
Zach Wood’s children’s books (Carlos Goes to Preschool, Carlos Rides the Bus, and Abby Goes to the Farm) are available at www.carlosworld.com and Amazon.