Understanding Cerebral Palsy
There is no one-size-fits-all list of jobs for people with cerebral palsy as everyone's needs are different. As is the case with anyone else, people with cerebral palsy can and should apply for any job they feel they can successfully perform and are qualified for.
Cerebral palsy affects the way the brain controls the body's muscles resulting in speech, movement and posture difficulties.
Facts about cerebral palsy
- About 40,000 Australians have cerebral palsy.
- In any year, cerebral palsy is more common than cancer, strokes, eating disorders, appendicitis and road traffic accidents.
- Many causes are unknown, although it is believed to be associated with injury or changes to the developing brain.
- Cerebral palsy becomes visible early in life and is a permanent condition.
- The severity of cerebral palsy varies from person to person, depending on the area of the body affected and the type of impairment.
Classification of cerebral palsy
Although classification is complex, types of cerebral palsy are based on which part of the body is affected and the type of impairment.
- Diplegia - Both legs and both arms are affected, but the legs are significantly more affected than the arms. Children with diplegia usually have some clumsiness with their hand movements.
- Hemiplegia - The leg and arm on one side of the body are affected.
- Quadriplegia - Both arms and legs are affected. The muscles of the trunk, face and mouth can also be affected.
Having cerebral palsy can be like being inside a body you can't fully control. This condition may be accompanied by other difficulties, such as vision, epilepsy, cognition and learning and other medical complications. Mylestones can work with you and your employer to ensure you have a workplace suited to your needs.
This can include:
- Specifically designed computers and equipment
- Access to new technology and communication devices
- Accessible buildings and workspaces
- Flexible working arrangements
- The option to work remotely
Max, who was born with cerebral palsy, has been passionate about being on the road since he was little. Max now holds a multi-combination truck licence and drives for an earth-moving company.
"Two years ago, I got my MR Truck license. It was one of the best moments...and I just felt free and it was amazing." - Max.
Watch Max's story here.