Bilodeau compelled our nation with his inspiring story of determination, and his personal story of the incredible support around him, including his ever smiling brother Frédéric, born with cerebral palsy (a condition that involves impaired muscle coordination and other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain before/at birth). His love for his brother, and his love for skiing enable him to perform successfully.
This article has a list of activities that people with cerebral palsy can do. There's yoga, horseback riding, & swimming. It also explains how these activities can benefit the person with the disability.
The novel is written in the first-person point of view. The narrating character is Melody Brooks, a young girl who has cerebral palsy and therefore cannot communicate in conventional ways. Melody tells her story through thoughts in her head, expressing herself naturally in a way that is unusual from the way in which she communicates in the real world.
"'I have Cerebral Palsy. I shake all the time. I'm like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali." Arab-American comedian Maysoon Zayid talks about life as an actress, stand-up comedian, philanthropist, and advocate for people with disabilities in this TED Talk.
Cerebral palsy affects over Americans, yet there is no federal funding dedicated to research and prevention of cerebral palsy. Please write your congress person at these links in order to voice your support for research on cerebral palsy prevention.