Cerebral Palsy, by which Eng. Soria himself is affected, is not a pathology but a permanent disorder related to body movements and posture. Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage to the central nervous system that occurs in a time range that spans to prenatal period to three years after birth. It is considered a permanent disorder because neural damages cannot heal, but they do not degenerate spontaneously also. In western countries Cerebral Palsy strikes two/three individuals every 1,000. International classification of Cerebral Palsy types is as follows:
- Tetraplegy: difficulty in controlling the torso and all four limbs;
- Emiplegy: difficulty in moving one side (left or right) of the entire body;
- Diplegy: similar to tetraplegy, but with increased difficulty in legs movements.
The clinical aspects also are subject to a complete categorization, according to the type of Cerebral Palsy and its severity:
- in Emiplegy cases the intellectual level is uncompromised, even if sometimes a speech difficulty can be present. In some cases there could also be epilexy, often partial, easily controllable through medical treatment;
- in Diplegy there often are visual defects and one out of three cases presents a slight to medium intellectual impairment; 50% of cases are also subject to epilexy;
- Tetraplegic cerebral palsy are the most severe: they ususally include difficulties in deglutition, mastication and fonation. Severe intellectual and sensorial (visual, hearing) impairment are also often present.
Even if Cerebral Palsy could be particularly severe, the person can reach a good life quality by studing with his peers, finding a job and, why not, getting married, as Eng. Soria has been able to.
Arianna and Simone Soria, both obtained a Degree despite Cerebral Palsy