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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 www.ceco.org, or on Facebook or Twitter.

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.