Learning your way to independence
• Generous Grant from The Windsor Foundation will help fund a March Break Camp for Halifax children living with disabilities
Since 2006, March of Dimes Canada has been helping children and adults with neuro-motor disabilities from Halifax and the surrounding areas, including New Brunswick and Newfoundland improve their mobility, self-confidence and independence. It is the only program of its kind available anywhere in Nova Scotia.
March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education® (CE) operates from a core belief in neuroplasticity and on the premise that no matter how severe the disability, individuals can learn and improve when they are given the necessary tools and education. CE views problems of movement as problems of learning and works to develop movement, speech and cognitive abilities simultaneously – not separately or consecutively.program is an innovative learning system—based on the principles of neuroplasticity— that merges elements of education with rehabilitation for people with neuro-motor disabilities. Conductors, or specially trained instructors, work with program participants to help them gain, or regain, physical mobility and self-sufficiency one small step at a time.
For five days and four nights from March 11-15th, March of Dimes Canada will be hosting a residential, recreational camp on the shores of Aylesford Lake, Nova Scotia at Camp Brigadoon.
The camp will blend traditional recreational camp activities with therapeutic options, including the opportunity participate in daily sessions of Conductive Education®. The March Break camp is aimed at individuals aged 3-24 with cerebral palsy, their families, support workers, friends and siblings and will provide an opportunity for campers to improve their independence and activities of daily living skills while enjoying all the recreational activities offered by Camp Brigadoon.
The Windsor Foundation has generously donated $10,000 to help offset the costs associated with running the camp.
“We are extremely grateful to The Windsor Foundation for their extremely generous support of our Conductive Education program and our March Break Week at Camp Brigadoon,” says Mary Lynne Stewart, Director of Fund Development for March of Dimes Canada. “This grant will allow Halifax children and adults living with disabilities to become more independent, mobile and self-sufficient in a fun, safe and supportive environment.”
To find out if Conductive Education® is right for you or a loved one, or for more information on classes, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.marchofdimes.ca or call 902-444-1090.