When you think of March what color do you think of?
I’m guessing green since St. Patrick’s Day is in March & St. Patrick’s Day is all about green (at least the “rated G” version is).
Guess what color Cerebral Palsy awareness is?
I believe I have figured out one of the barriers of raising awareness for Cerebral Palsy.
Allow me to take you through my thought process.
October is breast cancer awareness month.
The color for breast cancer awareness is pink.
A color most associated with October is orange, due in large part to Halloween.
Would breast cancer awareness be as big as it is if February were its month?
Something tells me the answer is yes, but it’s still something worth considering (especially for the sake of this argument).
There are too many similarities in the basics of St. Patrick’s Day & CP awareness. There’s not enough curiosity of “check it out” factor to make awareness easier (but that’s just my opinion).
There’s also been talk of why green is the color for CP. Green happens to be one of my favorite colors so I have no problem with it, but I know not everyone is a fan.
I’m curious as to why March ended up being CP awareness month. Let us also remember that the r-word day and Down syndrome day are also in March. It just seems kind of odd that a lot of disability related awareness is in one month. If this was on purpose then why isn’t March “Disability Awareness Month”, which is actually in October (or has that now been deemed “Disability Employment Month”).
Is the confusion part sinking in yet?
I’m not suggesting that we change CP awareness’ color or its month. It’s too “late” in the game for that. Changing any of those details now would just add to the confusion and just continue to feed into the attitude of “un-awareness”.
So what’s a community to do?
The answer is easy.
It’s the execution that’s more difficult.
The good thing about the CP community is that all its members are used to difficult. It’s practically in our DNA.
Be the loudest group.
However, it’s not a “he who yells loudest wins” situation (although that would make things slightly easier).
The CP community needs to be the loudest but it also needs to be the smartest (as well as the stubbornest).
The odds are stacked against the CP community. They always have been, and for way too long.
I think Kermit the Frog said it best, “It’s not easy being green.”
*A similar version of this post was written on March 26, 2014, March 17, 2015, March 17, 2016