There's a misconception that individuals with special needs have no place in the in work force as they do not have probable skills to see them through without support or accommodations. 

MAYSOON ZAYID


 

There's a misconception that individuals with special needs have no place in the in work force as they do not have probable skills to see them through without support or accommodations. 


She's a writer, actor, comedian, philanthropist  and an advocate for the disabled. Maysoon Zayid is also the co-founder of the Newyork Arab-American comedy festival.

I came across her TED Talk episode I GOT 99 PROBLEMS AND PALSY AIN'T ONE OF THEM sometime last week, reason I decided to write this post.sometime last week, reason I decided to write this post.

Maysoon Zayid isn't a woman to be told what she can and cannot do. She didn't let cerebral palsy hold her back from doing what she does best making people laugh.

I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time" She said at the beginning of talk show (really it's hilarious.) "I'm like shakira meets Muhammed Ali."

She's known as one of America's first Muslim women comedians and also the first person to ever perform a standup in Palestine and Jordan.

She always tries to spend three months a year in the Palestinian Territories running an arts program for disabled and orphaned children in refugee camps. She helps children use art to deal with trauma and bridge the gap between disabled and non disabled children.

Maysoon with her father and Muhammed Ali

Maysoon Zayid is a proof that what it takes to get along in life is within us and she also sums my one of my favourite quote from Mr Alexander Amosu

It's not what we don't have or what we are that limits us from being successful but what we have and are but don't know how to use.

She didn't let her limitations from cerebral palsy stop her from doing what she loves which is making people laugh.

The condition Cerebral Palsy is defined as "a disorder of movement and posture that appears during infancy or early childhood resulting from damage to the brain". The brain injury is permanent, although interventions, particularly physiotherapy, in infancy and childhood can improve the physical performance and function in individuals with CP. There are different categorizations of Cerebral palsy (CP) and all can be managed by a physiotherapist.

To learn more about Cerebral Palsy be sure to read all about it at physiopedia

Do you know anyone living with CP or taking care of someone that's living with CP? 'Have you met anyone living with CP? I know it can be very challenging and trying sometimes. I'll love to hear your thoughts and life tips about this condition.

 

 

Published by Adaora Uduchukwu