Join CECO’s staff and families as they support their Student Scholarships for the CECO 2017 Night of Dreams! Join in on a fun filled night at the beautiful venue of Full Sail Live containing entertainment, silent auctions as well as delicious food & cocktails! If attended, you will receive a backlot tour of the prestigious Full Sail University Studios. During the event, CECO will be presenting the 2017 “Make It Possible” Award to recipients Jim and Mari Moye. CECO will also be hosting a Silent Auction with various items to bid on and win! General Tickets are 100$ to attend however, CECO is also offering donation packages for sponsorship oppurtunities. CECO’s goal in 2017 is to raise $175,000 in support of CECO Students.
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With a focus on treating kids with Cerebral Palsy in America, it sometimes puts adults battling the illness on the wayside. Fortunately CECO Orlando has developed an adult based program treating patients with Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other motor disabilities.
Many adults living with Cerebral Palsy no longer have the support of their families and might be left with little to no resources to support themselves. CECO has developed this program to help those adults with little to no resources and meets with them a few times per week. The programs goal is to provide the patients with more tools to help operate on their own in day to day life. In addition to the program helping them develop more tools, there is a sense of community set up that helps them immensely. Being an adult with Cerebral Palsy can make it very difficult to make friends and be overall happy.
The Conductive Education of Orlando(CECO) is changing the lives of patients of all ages and is making a difference in the local community. If you would like to visit their cite, click the hyperlink attached to CECO.
Most children with cerebral palsy can be diagnosed by the time they are 2 years old. The earlier a child gets help, the more likely they are to fully develop their potential.
CECO’s Youngster Program is an early intervention program designed for children between 6 months and 4 years old who have motor disabilities. The program aims to help children achieve developmental milestones through cognitive and physical stimulation in a group setting. It also provides parents with learning tools they can use to help their child at home. Thanks to the Universal Orlando Foundation, the cost of this program is totally free.
The Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO) is a nonprofit organization that uses conductive education to transform the lives of children with disabilities. In addition to the Youngster program, the organization offers many options for people with motor disabilities such as a full school day program, adult program, Parkinson’s program, and more. For more information on CECO, please visit www.ceco.org.
It is very important for nonprofit organizations to have a functional Facebook page. It can make the big difference in the amount of funds and awareness brought to your organizations. Here are the five tips to take into consideration for your next post.
Tip 1- Use Videos
The use of quick, concise, and entertaining video content, has become a big part of social media today. It is very important for nonprofit organizations to use videos because it allows the current and potential donors to get a better look of what’s actually going on.
Tip 2- Show Transparency
Showing transparency would include posts of behind the scenes and more personal posts about the employees and work done by the organization. Using this tactic helps because it gives donors a sense of comfort because they know what’s going on.
Tip 3- Celebrate Milestones
Although this seems like an easy and non-important action to do, it is very important because it lets your donors know that their money is working. If you can show that their money is actually working, it will motivate them to contribute more to the cause.
Tip 4- Donation Sign Up Link
This is a big part to growing donations. If you link your page to donate on videos and pictures being posted, it promotes Facebook users to that second go donate. You don’t want people to want to donate and have the feeling they will do it later, but never follow through.
Tip 5- Giveaways
Giveaways can be very helpful because you are giving people something for their money. It also promotes people to visit your page, while giving them a sense that they are part of your organization and community.
As a typical American, we tend to think of ourselves as Social Media experts. However, controlling your personal page differs from running an organizations page. While a personal social media page will be generated on showing your everyday life, Non-Profit Organizations are planning to spread the word about there cause and promote events that will support them.
Tip #1: Formatting Page
When you format the page of your inspired organization, you must make sure of three things. Clean, Concise and Coherent. Clean pages will always get second looks. It will gain traffic to visit the page multiple times. When your page has a clean visual, it often makes the site look more trustworthy and reliable. Now Concise, people often think you need multiple aspects that pop up gaining attention, but you’d be wrong. Our generation reads less when there is more content. You must have a simple short but motivating bio to gain credibility from the viewer. Pictures will add to your page as quick visuals, but make sure you only have a few, making the viewer want to search around your page for more. Coherence is extremely important to formatting a non-profit page. Being coherent on all social media platforms will help the social media user find your page effortlessly. Profile and Cover photos that match will give your non-profit an identity that will continue to build its reputation.
Tip #2: How Much to Post
How many times should you post? We are going to use three of the main social media outlets. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Each media is a different depending on its purpose. On Facebook, posting 1-3 times a day is acceptable. The explanation of 1-3 posts on Facebook is due to our society having multiple feeds and potentially missing certain posts. Facebook uses featured stories as headlines and not what is most recent. If you post 1-3 a day, it will most likely sit at the top for all the followers to read. On Twitter, posting 3-5 times a day is acceptable. Twitter is your outlet to post a good amount of content as twitter is a more interactive media source than the other two. On Instagram, posting 1-2 times a day is acceptable. Instagram is pictures, and having too many pictures will draw away interest. Therefore, 1-2 is a reasonable amount.
Tip #3: What to Post
When you learn how much to post, next is what to post. Lets begin with Facebook and Twitter. These two are similar with posting strategies. Almost everything you post on Facebook will also go on twitter, however it is not the other way around, keep that in mind. Things to post on these social media pages include press releases, blogs, events, and organization updates. On Twitter, you should also post interactive tweets to have followers engage in your non-profit. Instagram is posting pictures, flyers for upcoming events as well as pictures of people participating would be quality content.
Tip #4: Introducing Snapchat
Snapchat has been on the rise since its creation in 2012. However, it began as just for personal use with friends and family. Now however, it has a whole new meaning. Snapchat has developed into a perfect tool to get Up-Front views of buisnesses, celebs, teams, colleges and even organizations. Snapchat makes you feel involved when you watch the stories posted from these sources. Snapchat is also very easy to create and promote. Stories posted by organizations will not only educate and advise interest, but also entertain giving a positive vibe to the viewers. Posting on Snapchat would be different each day but some examples are: displaying events, a day at the organization headquarters, interactive contests for “best photo”. Snapchat is your source to get any message you want out there first hand to social media user.
When you take all these steps into account, you will gain control of a strong and efficient Non-profit social media page. Social Media is extremely important in today’s society as has proven to increase interest in all categories.
Have you ever wanted to help a cause but weren’t sure how to pick a charity? It’s important to determine what type of work charities do to benefit their cause and how they use their donations. Here are 3 simple steps to help you choose the right charity to donate to.
1. Find a cause.
The first thing you should do is find a cause or issue you’re passionate about. Whether its human rights, the environment, animal rights, people with disabilities or chronic illnesses, or world hunger, there’s definitely no shortage of causes to support. Figure out what you connect with the most and search for charities that specialize in that particular cause.
2. Review the charity’s website.
Once you’ve found a charity that you may be interested in donating to, carefully review the organization’s website. Find out what their mission is. What specific actions have they taken to fulfill their mission? What tangible results have they gotten? Delivering results is extremely important when it comes to the effectiveness of a charity.
3. Look up the charity on Charity Navigator.
The third and final step is take a look at the charity’s profile on Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is a website that provides objective reviews of charities and statistics on where their money goes. It’s an extremely useful tool when selecting a charity to donate to. Make sure the charity you’re looking into has a rating of 3 or 4 stars. Also, check the breakdown of expenses. It’s impossible for charities to spend 100% of their expenses on the actual program, but make sure it’s still a relatively high percentage to ensure your money will go toward the cause. Then, check the compensation of the President or CEO and make sure it’s not unusually high. If everything looks good on Charity Navigator, you can be fairly confident the charity is reputable. If the organization doesn’t meet your standards, try browsing through Charity Navigator to find a higher rated charity that supports your cause.
With more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States, selecting one to donate to isn’t always simple. These 3 steps should help make the process a little bit easier.
If you want to donate to a charity that benefits children with motor disabilities in the Orlando area, you may be interested in CECO.
When he walked into our church I stuck out my hand and said, “Hi, I’m Jacob.” He paused for a moment, peering at me through his square-shaped glasses, and shot back with, “I’m Tim.”
I didn’t know he had Cerebral Palsy (CP). He didn’t know that my mother had recently died from cancer a few years prior. We were both just desperate for a friend.
CP brought Tim many challenges and opportunities, one of the greatest of which was the opportunity to teach me about life. Here are just a few things my dear friend taught me:
A limp might explain but it doesn’t define
CP is can affect individuals in many different ways. Tim dealt with chronic weakness on one side of his body, it made him walk with a limp. A limp is hard to hide. It is usually the first thing people notice. Sure, the limp helped explained some things about Tim, that he had CP, but it never defined who he was. He taught me that we are more than our circumstances.
Falling is a part of life
Tim fell a lot. I watched him fall on every surface imaginable: Gravel, concrete, carpet, and the list could go on. But Tim was resilience. He always got back up. Life has a knack for tripping us up and sometimes we fall flat on our faces. But our character is built when we stand again. He taught me that no matter how many times you fall you always get back up.
Courage is in the heart, not the body
Courage is often romanized. Movies usually feature some strong, heroic specimen. Tim would never land the lead part in an action flick, but he had more courage than Hollywood could ever wish to fabricate. That is because true courage is found in the heart. Tim persevered every day in spite of the obstacles. Fear can paralyze us, but courage comes when we act anyway. He taught me that courage is not something we are born with it is something we must choose to embrace.
Embracing the struggle
Living with CP is not easy for Tim. The struggles of life come with pain, bruises, and tears. It is easy to lose hope. Time doesn’t always heal a grieving heart and some disabilities are lifelong, but there is always hope. The pain reminds us that we can feel, the bruises remind us that we are alive, and the tears remind us of how much we’ve loved. He taught me to embrace the struggle because when I do, I embrace hope.
Since 2001, Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO) has been providing hope for families by helping children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities achieve their greatest level of independence. Donating and volunteering are just a few ways you can help keep their mission alive.
Sam Berns, a motivational speaker diagnosed with Progeria stated, “Acknowledge your mentors and your community, because they are a very real aspect of every day life.” In this TedX Mid-Atlantic Conference presentation in Washington from October 2013, Sam outlines the road map to living with a healthy philosophy.
Not only is it important for the average person to live with a healthy viewpoint on life, but it is especially important for those that struggle with a disability. Sam’s sentiments perfectly align with the goals of Conductive Education Center of Orlando, which is to educate and support people living with a disability. One of the statements is important for the CECO to teach is “Be ok with what you ultimately can’t do, because there is so much you can do.” Through education and support, we can make a change in the world.
Vancouver, BC (April 2016). Author, Poet and Speaker, David Whyte, breaks the boundary between what can be said to change your vision on the past, present and future. Whyte is an Englishman who has written eight books with his topic of conversational nature of reality.
What can be defined in the lyrical bridge between past, present and the future? If you ask David Whyte, he uses two poems inspired by his nieces experience as she hiked 500 miles at El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Whyte explains in his TED talk, “we tend to not have real conversations with one another, we tend to just speak”. He used this quote after he had a conversation with a TSA Worker at an airport who wanted someone to hear him out about his failing marriage. The TSA worker felt valuable and heard. Whyte explains how we need to make one another feel loved and worthy through the power of real thought and conversation.
Disability activist Robert M. Hensel said that “there is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more.” Motivational speaker Nick Vujicic brought that sentiment to life during his talk at the September 2012 TEDxNoviSad in Novi Sad, Serbia. Speaking as a person who has personally faced many obstacles in life he gave a powerful talk on overcoming hopelessness.
“Turning Walls into Doors” was the theme of the TEDx event. Vujicic spoke directly to those living in a world of walls and reminds them that in these trials the greatest element to overcoming hopelessness is love, saying, “when we feel like we don’t have enough love and we don’t have enough hope, we start losing strength to live.”
There are hundreds of organizations in the world that extend this sentiment day after day through the work they do. The Conductive Education Center of Orlando is one organization that strives to build the bridge of hope and love for children and families dealing with motor cognitive disabilities.