Mon 2 May 2005
I now have a much great understanding of what people with Cerebral Palsy go through on a daily basis. Though they need help in doing daily events, it doesn’t mean that they are living the easy life. It must be troubling for people with the affliction who have a complete comprehension of what is going on mentally to not be able to relate phsyically. It then causes them to act out in ways that in our eyes may seem inappropriate, but for them it is the only way to communicate.
I feel like I tried to help everyone I met at the agency. Though I was definetly more receptive to people who were receptive to me. Junior and I got along very well. He even wrote me a letter that I documented in my first entry. Jason and I would talk about the different comic book and cartoon characters we liked. I just tried to relate to the people there by what they were interested in not force myself upon them.
UCP really benefits all the people that attend, staff and clients alike. The clients get to spend time with other people that they might not see if they were at home or in a nursing facility. The staff gets to spend time with dynamic people, who if you get to know have a lot to offer.
It is really difficult for the members of UCP who are severly disabled and they must face a lot of issues within normative society. I think however for the less severly disabled they really can face society with the ability to succeed. Junior works at Giant on the weekends taking in carts and he is good at it. The more disabled clients probably have to deal with the “gaze” and questions which sometimes they may not be able to understand. This leads to a tough life if they don’t have people there to try to help them.
This experience has really helped me within my work for the class. By going to UCP I have been able to better understand the texts and concepts that are discussed in class. It is not easy to understand these concepts if you have not had to really deal with them before in your personal life. These experiences make it personal for me and should for most every student. I am really glad that I participated as I am with most all volunteer work I have done.