Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO) Launches New Parkinson’s Workshops

Where the Impossible is Possible!

On November 4, 2017, CECO launched their new Parkinson’s workshops which will run monthly through May 19, 2018. Workshops include an information session, workbook, 6 hours of conductive education, and a complementary follow-up consultation. Participants work to improve posture, tremors, balance, coordination, freezing, writing technique, and the control of involuntary movements.

Located in Winter Park, Florida and founded in 2001, CECO believes the impossible is possible and works to transform the lives of those with motor disabilities. CECO is the second-largest of 42 conductive education centers in the United States. In addition to the Parkinson’s workshops, CECO offers year-long private and after school programs, in-home therapy, and summer camps.

According to CECO, conductive education is a rehabilitative program started in the 1940’s by physician and educator, Andras Peto. The program employs a holistic motivational approach which embodies all aspects of human development, and aims to concurrently improve physical, cognitive, communication, social and emotional abilities.

If you, or someone you know, has a health condition such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, or brain injury and would like to acquire new skills and achieve greater independence, contact CECO at by calling (407) 671-4687, visiting their website, or on Facebook or Twitter.

CECO Prepares for Its 2017 Annual Fundraising Event “Night of Dreams”

28% of nonprofits raise between 26-50% of their annual funds from their year-end ask. The Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with cerebral palsy and other motor disabilities. On November 16, 2017, the nonprofit will hold its annual fundraising event, Night of Dreams, at Full Sail University. It will begin at 6 p.m.

The social event will provide an opportunity to connect with other individuals and businesses in Central Florida that have also contributed to CECO. The Night of Dreams will include an evening of live entertainment, cocktails, and a backlot tour of Full Sail Studios. CECO’s goal in 2017 is to raise $175,000 to support the organization’s students. If locals cannot attend, they have the opportunity to donate online or bid for items in the silent auction.

CECO extends an invitation for those who wish to attend. To register for the 2017 Night of Dreams, please visit

Conductive Education Center of Orlando: Where the Impossible is Made Possible

“We all have abilities we may not know about. We can do things that seem impossible”


Sidelined by judgment, confined by disability, blinded by despair, or paralyzed by fear, we naturally forget that are all destined for some greatness. Don’t let others or conditions define your limitations; “everybody is a genius,” and while there is no such a thing as perfection, if we dare to strive perfection, we achieve excellence.

Explore the fantastic work of the Conductive Education Center of Orlando where the impossible is made possible at CECO

Promising New Stem Cell Clinical Trials Geared Towards Autism and Cerebral Palsy

The FDA announces expanded access to Duke University for siblings or autologous cord blood infusions for children with cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, hypoxic brain injury, stroke, apraxia, autism and other brain injuries.
The newest new stem cell clinical trials geared toward autism and cerebral palsy are promising, “clinical trials involving 25 children using umbilical cord, resulted in observing major improvements in communication, social behavior, and overall symptoms.”
Taking into consideration that the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASP) is on the rise globally and that cerebral palsy is the most common childhood motor disability, in the United States, a breakthrough stem cell in stem-cell research technology is much needed. It would revolutionize the lives of many, those living ASD and their families and loved ones.
“We are already on the cutting edge of cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue stem cell technology, and every breakthrough means a better future for those impacted,” says Martin Smithmyer, the Founder, and CEO of Americord.

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Conductive Education: A Unique Rehabilitation Approach to Neuromotor Impairments

At the heart of conductive education is independence and the idea that “if you do not teach a child to be independent, you teach them to be dependent.”  While conductive education emphasizes on the development and achievement of higher bodily control, its ultimate goal is to enable individuals with neuromotor impairments to learn and to achieve a greater sense of accomplishment and functionality and to increase the degree of the physical and psychological well-being of the individual and his or her caregivers.

Within this spirit, conductive education is not narrowly motoric but a holistic approach that synchronizes the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social aspects of human development into learning and rehabilitation of people with chronic motor disabilities.

Developed by Andras Peto in the years following the World War II, conductive education was designed as an intervention tool for children with cerebral palsy. It replaced the traditional medical model for treatment of motor disabilities with a teaching style that emphasizes on conscious learning that is achieved by creating a positive environment and goals that are tailored to the needs and skills of each and his or her condition.

Despite the growing evidence showing that conductive education is an effective rehabilitation tool for reducing muscle weakness and spasticity in individuals living with cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or multiple sclerosis, conductive education it is not well known, and the places that offer it are sparse.

If you live in Greater Orlando area and you are in need or know someone with motor disabilities who could benefit from conductive education, please contact the Conductive Education of Orlando, CECO.

Our next step toward equality is accessibility in education

Imagine someone not being able to attend work or school, not for lack of interest or commitment, but due to obstacles beyond his or her control that prevent opportunities to learn, grow, and pursue passions.

Accessibility in education is a critical issue at present, one which impacts children in far-reaching ways throughout our country’s school systems. A lack of accommodations for individuals with special needs like cerebral palsy prevents students from experiences that enrich and enhance their lives, allowing them to achieve their full potential in following their dreams.

Obstacles such as a lack of elevators, space to navigate, and assistive devices impact these students and result in stark inequality when compared to the experiences afforded to their peers. This fuels the fire of “ableism”, a judgmental framework undermining the abilities of those with special needs.

Instead, people must embrace and celebrate the differences that each person has, seeing abilities in a new light. Taking action on behalf of all children would result in funding and accessibility in schools for equal opportunity and the establishment of a foundation not only of tolerance but of integration and celebration.

Visit the Conductive Education Center of Orlando to learn more about how environments created with a vision for accessibility change lives of participants and families. In following the example of inclusive organizations, it is indeed possible to strengthen this movement and realize lasting change.


Feel Good Going Out With a Purpose And For a Good Cause

Join the CECO Student Scholarship Night of Dreams at Full Sail Live, November 16th, 6pm and win a six-night stay in a 2-bedromm self-caring unit for up to 4 people; Old Havana, Hemingway, and Modern-Havana in Vintage Convertible Cars tours included

5 Augmentive Assistive Communication (AAC) Devices for the Communication Impaired

Imagine… someone you care about cannot communicate how they feel, express their needs, tell you they love you, or indicate they are sick or in pain.

We convey meaningful messages everyday without considering how hopeless or isolated we would feel if we were unable to do so.

It is through interaction that we create meaning and build relationships that are integral to independent living.

People speak at and for the communication impaired. All the while assuming they cannot understand or are somehow cognitively impaired. This is no way to live.

Augmentive assistive communication devices (AAC’s) bridge these gaps.

AAC’s provide the communication impaired, their family, friends and caregivers the gift of everyday interactions that many of us take for granted.

If you know someone who is communication impaired, please explore these options:


5 Facebook Tips to Help Nonprofits Skyrocket


98% of nonprofits are on Facebook. The truth is: social media can be a powerful tool for nonprofits to connect with their audience. Online platforms make for an excellent opportunity to tell your story, engage with supporters, and shed light on a special cause. Growing a Facebook page takes time and effort but with the right guidance, your organization’s mission will effectively get across to the public. Here are 5 tips that will help you strengthen your social network presence on Facebook.

1. Find Your Voice

Be personal and authentic. Let your nonprofit speak for itself. It doesn’t help if you sound just like the organization next door. Find what makes your organization stand out and own it!

It’s okay to post an inspirational quote if you believe your audience will like it. However, the majority of the time, be original. Post your own images and videos, share original stories or provide a special behind-the-scenes look at your organization.

2. Be Visual

Visuals are always more captivating than text by itself. Posts that include images or videos generate about 80% more engagement than the average post.

Every cause and mission carries thousands of stories to tell. Social media gives supporters a place to share these stories with engaging visuals.

3. Be engaging; create a 2-way dialogue

Get people talking by asking questions in your status updates and personally respond to people who comment on your posts. Your supporters are more likely to comment/post if they know you are listening. Your Facebook strategy should be a two-way conversation – not a platform for merely announcements or to ask for donations.

This allows them to know you care for what they have to say. It should never be a one-way form of communication. Online engagement is all about creating a conversation with your supporters: a 2-way dialogue.

4. Create Facebook Events

Facebook events are effective because they create social proofWhen someone confirms their attendance on Facebook, friends see it on their news feeds. This helps spark participation from their peers.

5. Highlight a Donor of the Week or Special Stories

Make your supporters the stars. People love recognition and most importantly, your supporters love knowing their contributions are making an impact on your organization.

Overall, social media is all about developing a connection with those who support your cause. There are just 5 helpful tips to help your Nonprofit Facebook page skyrocket in engagement. Start implementing them today and watch how your organization will begin to flourish!

To learn more about CECO, visit our Facebook Page.

Three Ways to be a Friend with Someone with Cerebral Palsy

Because all friendships begin with the intention to engage in another person’s life experience in a way that it meets our need for acceptance, support, in trust, the platinum rule that says, “Treat others the way they want to be treated,” applies to all friendships.

Because life begins for everyone the same, research confirms that it is the others through whom we discover our talents and purpose in life, subsequently, it is the quality of our interpersonal relationships that determine, not only how happy we are, but also how our lives will turn out. Studies of interpersonal relationships show that the happiest people have meaningful relationships characterized by high levels of acceptance, support, and trust.

Foxtar Media presents an image of a boy with cerebral palsy. Photographed by: Smart Taps

Acceptance is a choice to behaving in trustworthy ways, and it is a type of communication that detaches any conditions and expresses unconditional respect toward the other person and his or her ideas. Acceptance is crucial because it reduces anxiety and enhances the willingness to disclose intimate information, which is the cornerstone of any friendship. “If I am afraid to tell you who I am, because if I tell you who I am, you may not like who I am,” you will take away “all that I have.”

Support is a type of communication that expresses collaborative intent, and it involves encouragement and shows the confidence in the other person that he or she will manage the given situation effectively. Support is crucial because it is the intent that realizes in action, reflecting in the quality time spent together. Accordingly, support is the foundation for resilience because a person’s “autonomy is the result of the internalization of values derived from previous caring and supportive relationships.”

Trust is the mirror of many positive interactions and reflects the level of acceptance and support in a given relationship. “Interpersonal trust is built through risk and confirmation and is destroyed through risk and confirmation. Without the risk, there is no trust, and the relationship cannot move forward.”

The difficulty in building a friendship with someone who lives with cerebral palsy (CP), is not the condition but the perception of CP. Fact is that CP is one of the most common, yet least known, childhood motor disability that affects 1 in every 323 children in the United States. It is a non-progressive condition, and yet many individuals with CP live a normal, happy, and healthy life.

Fact is; CP must be seen on a spectrum; accordingly, each person has different needs and abilities; however, the truth is that every person is beautiful and every person wants  to play, explore, learn, love, and live a productive and meaningful life.

If you like to make a difference in someone else’s life and be a friend and put a smile on a face of a person with CP, please contact the Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO) or any other CP organization in your area.