March of Dimes Canada thanks Three to Be for its donation to the Conductive Education® program
In 2012, for the first time, the Academy of Conductive Education® (ACE), a program of March of Dimes Canada, was a recipient of funding from THREE TO BE, a charity’s whose mission is to advocate and raise funds to support and advance the development of innovative research, education and therapies for children with neurological disorders.
Conductive Education (CE) is a dynamic learning system that blends elements of education and rehabilitation to help people living with neuro-motor disabilities become more mobile, independent and self-confident. Led by specially-trained Conductors, 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.
ACE is the first not-for-profit intervention for children with neuro-motor disabilities guided and grounded by the practice and principles of Conductive Education. Components of ACE include a ‘Mom and Tots’ program, an Early Years program for children aged 3- 5, and a Kindergarten to Grade 3 educational program that blends CE training with Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum.
Through proceeds from its annual Stems of Hope fundraiser, ACE received over $50,000 to help expand the program. This funding has allowed the Conductors to implement specialized communication devices such as adapted switches, trackballs (like a computer mouse), wireless augmentative communication devices, computers, and essential safety and toileting equipment. These devices enable the Conductors to help participants improve mobility, speech and language skills in a safe, fun learning environment. In addition, ACE has purchased an iPad and Smartboard to help improve communication further.
In addition, funding from THREE TO BE has provided the opportunity to hire an Administrative and Marketing Assistant, who manages the program from the back-end. This has freed the Conductors to concentrate exclusively on service delivery.
Thanks to the generous support of THREE TO BE, March of Dimes Canada is able to better help children living with neurological disabilities to thrive.
More information about Conductive Education can be found at www.marchofdimes.ca/ce
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