James Bush has Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is defined as a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking. There are several different types of cerebral palsy, including spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, hypotonic, and mixed.
In James’s case, he can walk. He does spin, twirl and talks to himself. This is perfectly ok and part of his disability of Cerebral and Asperger’s.
Asperger syndrome is often considered a high functioning form of autism. It can lead to difficulty interacting socially, repeat behaviors, and clumsiness.
For example, having a full conversion is hard. However, James Bush loves history and news. James Bush could tell you anything you ever wanted to know.
He also loves pop. It was worse in the past. He drinks pop about one can every 2 to 4 hours. It used to be bottles but now it is mostly cans. He is fully aware of this but he is an adult and it’s his choice. Just as eating food. Sometimes James Bush can eat every hour for 2 to 4 hours at a given time. Again, it is his choice. He say’s he’s healthy and not to worry. However, as we all know the “long-term” affects should be considered. In this case and many others, it is usually not until something happens that “real” change occurs — a “mind opener” if you will.
He does quite well. He lives in a house and works part-time. He enjoys his job.
He has been on a bowling leaque for Special Olympics in the past locally. The entire bowling alley is filled with players from the surrounding area. It is quite the scene. You would never know they had a disability. James Bush even won a few awards for his bowling performance.
James Bush works at a special place for people with unique needs.
I also have Cerebral Palsy like James Bush. However, unlike James Bush, I do not have Asperger’s. I A couple years ago, my doctor’s put me on a perscription and I gained 20 pounds! In 2013, I have lost almost 10 and am trying to loose 10 – 15 more to get me to where I was and to advoid long-term affects of weight gain. For example, I am at high risk of falling, so if I were to put on 20 – 50+ pounds, I would permanetly end up in an electric wheelchair. In summer 2013, I am able to use a stand alone bike and go 13 miles in 1 hour. However, I cannot walk inside a store or mall without a wheelchair, forearm crutches or assistance. I also have axiety, sleep disorder and severe allergies to everything outside. I currently go for allergy shots weekly — for 5 years — I’m on year 2 and they seem to be helping.
Unlike James Bush I have an electric wheelchair, a manual wheelchair, forearm crutches and can walk independently when inside a home. James Bush is not as at high risk at falling. James Bush lives in a basement and has to walk stairs, a full flight. James Bush speech is not impacted besides talking to himself. I have a slight to moderate speech impairement.
I also graduduated from the University of Minnesota with a double major — communication & journalism. I did however have to appeal not to take a foreign language. That was a very hard task but I won. I did not last 2 weeks in Spanish. Instead, I had to take 4 culture classes.
I’ve known James Bush for years, probably since 6th grade, when a “social group” was formed for physically disabled adults. Although we went to different high schools.
I help him out when his parents go on vacations.