Adults in our Conductive Education® program work in diagnosis-specific groups towards their own clearly identified aims and goals. As part of this disability management program, they are empowered by the conductors to build on their current skills and abilities, and are taught strategies and techniques to overcome the challenges their condition presents on a daily basis.
Conductive Education® classes are available for adults with neurological motor disorders including the following conditions:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Stroke Survivors
- Parkinson's Disease
- Cerebral Palsy
- Acquired Brain Injury
Meet one of MODC's Conductive Education participants, Joseph Mashtaler:
For adults with acquired brain injury or stroke, regaining mobility and motor function is essential rehabilitation therapy. Adults in the early stages of MS or Parkinson’s can also learn how to deal with the progressive challenges of their condition while they are healthy, which can lead to better long-term functioning and independence. While outpatient rehabilitation programs exist, demand outstrips supply. The CE program is, for some participants, their ongoing rehabilitation program.
Everyone involved in Conductive Education® knows that progress is possible, regardless of age, disability or the amount of time since diagnosis, and it is this shared belief that creates a positive, motivating, and inspiring environment conducive to learning.
In Conductive Education®, each person is viewed and treated as an individual with individual needs and circumstances. As such, there is no “one size fits all” approach to attendance. No referrals are required for the program and a conductor will be able to make a recommendation regarding attendance after an initial consultation has been held.
TIMETM (together in movement and exercise)
TIME is a community based exercise program originally developed at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institue. This program is geared towards people that have challenges with balance and mobility and encourages increased fitness in a safe and friendly environment. March of Dimes Canada is proud to offer this program in Calgary, Halifax, Sault Ste Marie and Toronto, joining the community of health care professionals and organizations bringing this program to communities across Canada.
The program is offered by March of Dimes Canada in Calgary, Halifax, Sault Ste Marie and Toronto.
Program Eligibility Requirements:
Must be able to walk 10 meters with or without a walking aid (walker, cane, etc).
Benefits of the program:
- Be more confident in your balance
- Feel stronger and be more active
- Improve your mood as a result of exercise and the group setting
- Move with more ease, in your home and community
Referral Forms and Contact Information:
Complete the Referral Form for your location and send in by fax or email to the contact provided:
For returning participants:
"Conductive Education has not only given me freedom from my wheelchair. It has made me realize that dreams do come true if you work diligently to attain them."
"For me it works. Conductive Education is vital to my wellbeing and management of MS. I need it in my life."