Friends of ASCCA: Get to know Jamaica!

Hello everyone! My name is Jamaica, and I am excited to be your next guest blogger! I have Cerebral Palsy (CP); Cerebral Palsy is a neurological condition that affects the brain and body in a multitude of ways. I am affected by Cerebral Palsy in all of my limbs, and one of my biggest challenges in having CP is that my body kind of has a mind of its own sometimes. It is difficult for me to control movement in my body, and I have a difficult time with fine and gross motor skills. I also have a lot of muscle spasms everyday but aside from the challenges of having CP, I make the most of life!

Jamaica enjoys prom with a friend

I am a poet, advocate, and speaker! I have presented at several state and national conferences. I am an employee at the University of Alabama, and I work for the Dean’s Office in College of Education. I am also the president and founder of the Tuscaloosa Chapter of People First of Alabama which is a statewide self-advocacy organization for people with disabilities and has many chapters across the state.

Jamaica enjoys the zipline

People First of UA is the first ever campus chapter! While our chapter does focus on the self-advocacy aspect, we also focus on raising awareness for people with disabilities on campus and promote the importance of using People First Language. Something unique about our UA chapter is that we have members both with and without disabilities. My passion lies in helping others find their voice and my biggest aspiration is to become a renowned motivational speaker. In my spare time, I enjoy writing, reading, being creative with music and hanging out with friends. Check out my personal blog here!

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