Offer a hand in friendship.
Sometimes people with CP might have less motor-control than yours, so you might think you’re going to offend them by offering to shake their hand. Just extend your hand and give your new friend the opportunity to shake it if they want to.
Speak directly to them.
Don’t you hate it when someone is talking about you when you’re right in front of them? People with CP feel the same way. Resist the temptation to speak to someone with CP through someone else.
Speak with them as you would with any other adult.
They are an adult, after-all. The only time this isn’t true: when you’re speaking with a kid who has CP.
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Listen attentively - especially if they have difficulty speaking.
Sometimes people with CP have difficulty speaking. Listen patiently and actively, letting them speak for themselves. Don’t you hate it when someone tries to finish your sentences, too? If you don’t understand them
If you need to talk about their cerebral palsy, refer to them as “a person with cerebral palsy.”
They don’t “suffer” from CP. They are a person first - they just happen to have cerebral palsy. Want to know more about them, it’s okay to ask, “If you don’t mind me asking, why do you walk like that?” but not “What’s wrong with you?” Me? What’s wrong with YOU!
If you use an idiom that highlights their disability- relax.
“Hey, do you want to run to the store?” D’oh! That’s okay; it’s just a figure of speech