My Training plan for parents of children with cerebral palsy

Emmanuella Akinola
Posted April 11, 2016 from Nigeria
Mother with her special need child
Nonye Nweke adopted Zimuzo who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Since then she has chosen to be the mother of a special need child and decided to support other parents by establishing Cerebral Palsy center to provide care for the children free of charge.

Women who parent or are married to persons with disabilities share a unique experience. They do not live with disabilities but are affected by the disabling conditions their children or husbands live in. In some cases they lose their essence in the process of serving as a bridge for their relatives. In other extreme cases they live as if their disabled relatives do not exist and stand the risk of being stigmatized as wicked.

Therefore, there is a need to bring together non-disabled persons who are members of the community (by choice) to share and strengthen one another through their experiences. Also, the network will afford the platform to mentor these women to become disability rights advocates to bridge the gap between the disability community and the society.

This necessitates the need to train these women to use technology as a platform to speak and inspire each other.

WHO WILL I INVITE: I am inviting parents of children with Cerebral Palsy whose children are been catered for by Cerebral Palsy Center.

WHAT IS MY GOAL FOR THE TRAINING: My goal is to strengthen the parents voices to enabled them speak up, share their experience, provide a community support for each other and becoming advocate on inclusion of persons with disabilities.

FOCUS OF TRAINING: During the training I will introduce the mothers to various perspectives of disability, explore how disability affect their lives and the need to take action and speak. I will introduce them to World Pulse through the digital empowerment manual titled “World Pulse, Join the Vocal Uprising” and facilitate them in discussing how they can engage other social networking sites to raise their voices.

RESOURCES NEED: I will need a meeting venue which will be provided by Cerebral Palsy Center. From my World Pulse stipend I will provide refreshment, training and writing material.

I will ensure that the participants’ comments are kept confidential and teach them how to be safe while using the internet to protect themselves and children.

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Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 11, 2016

Dear Emmanuela,

This is a great plan and am sure that the women will be very excited to learn a lot from the training. You have done well my dear sister and i know that the women will`br so proud of you.

Stay blessed and all the best in your training.

helen.ng
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 11, 2016

Hello Emmanuella,

Your plan sounds like a fantastic idea! All steps are listed clearly and concisely - very effective and well organized! It's so nice to hear about the actions and goals of empowering women such as yourself. I can't wait to hear more about your work in the near future.

All the best,

Helen Ng

Elvire
Apr 12, 2016
Apr 12, 2016

Emmanuella,

Introducting these parents to World Pulse so they can have a place to share their experiences and realities is a great idea; they will not only know there is such a great place, but they will also know how to access and use it!!!

I like it!

Maria Pena
Apr 12, 2016
Apr 12, 2016

Hi Emmanuella,

This is a great training with a great cause. The community you will be creating will grow stronger for those that need it the most. I am looking forward to hear more about how your training went.

I wish you all the best in your efforts to change peoples lives! 

yvoneakoth
Apr 12, 2016
Apr 12, 2016

Hallo Emmanuela,

I have always had a special interest in children with cerebral palsy. Your training is very key and needed. I wish we could have a similar one in Kenya. Keep up the great work. I hope in the near future you can organize one that for the whole of Africa, with our support off course. 

Warm regards,

Yvonne

Emmanuella Akinola
Apr 13, 2016
Apr 13, 2016

I am always inspired to work harder because of the motivation form my sweet sisters. Your voices keep strenghtening and pushing me forward. We shall all succeed in making the change we desire. Thank you all for your comments.

Pushpa Achanta
Apr 26, 2016
Apr 26, 2016

Hello Emmanuella,

Great to read your pragmatic and essential plan. It's important to include positive stories to help heal and hope. Just wondering if the training will be internet and/or mobile phone based, too. Will the awareness programs include legal aspects even though the best laws mayn't assist much?

Warmth, love & good wishes,

Pushpa