Preparing your child for
adulthood takes careful planning. It also requires patience and resourcefulness
on your part.
Encourage independent living skills. A time
may come when you or other family members can no longer assist your child in all areas.
Plan for an
adult's current and future health care needs. Complications of cerebral palsy may develop and affect quality of life. Also, some forms of CP are
more severe and require special assistance.
Use occupational therapy and similar programs that may be
helpful. Most adults with CP are employed, despite moderate to severe physical
disability. Laws protect the rights of disabled people to
find and hold employment (among other rights). Learn about
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 at www.ada.gov.
with CP may need extra help preparing for retirement.