Learning Your Way to Independence
• February 23rd is National Conductive Education Day across North America
March of Dimes Canada will be holding information booths:
Toronto at the East York Town Centre, 25 Overlea Boulevard from 10am - 3pm
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Halifax Shopping Centre on Mumford Rd from 11:30 - 2:30pm
Across the continent there are literally millions of children and adults who could be learning how to become more mobile, independent and self-confident with a dynamic learning system called Conductive Education®.
Developed over sixty years ago in Hungary by Dr. András Peto, Conductive Education (CE) maximizes the independence and mobility of children and adults with disabilities like stroke survivors, and those with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injuries, Parkinson's disease and spina bifida. CE operates from a core belief in neuroplasticity – the lifelong ability of the brain to reorganize neural pathways based on new experiences – and on the premise that no matter how severe the disability, people can learn and improve when they are motivated. Conductive Education helps individuals learn their way to independence.
On Thursday, February 23rd, the member organizations that comprise The Association for Conductive Education in North America (ACENA) will be celebrating Conductive Education Day. ACENA is the representative of the programs and professionals providing Conductive Education services within the North American Continent. ACENA acknowledges and promotes the practice of Conductive Education.
Beth Brydon, the Lead Conductor of the Halifax program, which has been operating since 2006, will be hosting an information table at the Halifax Shopping Center on Mumford Road, Halifax from 11:30am - 2:30pm on to help educate people about this important program. Some long-time participants will also be in attendance to speak about how they have benefited from CE.
The Mayor, Peter Kelly, has declared February 23, 2012 as National CE Day in the City of Halifax.
May Banting, who is 21 years old and has cerebral palsy, has been taking CE for six years. Her mother Debra points to the noticeable changes in her daughter’s strength and balance as strong evidence of the program’s ability to change the lives of its participants. “Our experience with CE confirms that individuals with cerebral palsy can continue to achieve real gains into adolescence and adulthood,” says Debra.
"The work they do is so functional – May has a great deal more independence as a result – she can transfer out of her wheelchair and is working towards using the washroom on her own. The real benefit of the program is the problem-solving approach – May is much more confident in her ability to make adjustments and learn new movements," she continues.
It is believed that Conductive Education has the potential to make a significant, life-changing impact on the mobility and independence of close to 9 million people in Canada and the United States. Millions more will also indirectly benefit – spouses, parents and caregivers – by having their loved become more independent, motivated and self-sufficient.
“We are recognizing Conductive Education Day as a way of raising awareness of this very important and innovative program,” says Brent Page, Conductive Education Manager for March of Dimes Canada. “It is our hope to expand CE to anyone in Halifax – and moreover, North America, who might be able to reap the benefits from it,” he continues.
To find out if Conductive Education is right for you or a loved one, or for more information on classes, please call 902-444-1090 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. For more information please visit www.marchofdimes.ca, e-mail email@example.com or call 1-800-263-3463.
The Association for Conductive Education in North America (ACENA) is the representative of the programs and professionals providing conductive education services within the North American Continent. ACENA acknowledges and promotes the practice of conductive education.