Author: <span class="vcard">Amy Toscano</span>

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.

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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.

 

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SAN FRANCISCO, December 2013 – Maysoon Zayid is an Arab-American comedian who was born with cerebral palsy due to a doctor’s mistake when she was being delivered. As a result, her body shakes constantly. “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali,” Zayid jokes.

 

In her TED Talk, Zayid discusses growing up with CP, following her comedic dreams, and the underrepresentation of people with disabilities in entertainment. Many people with CP are unable to walk, but Zayid has been walking since she was 5-years-old in large part due to her father’s determination to teach her. She describes her parents as people who told her that nothing was impossible.

 

Zayid then went to college for acting and discovered the difficulty of being cast due to her disability. For this reason, she decided to become a comic and an advocate for people with disabilities. Zayid is now a successful stand-up comedian who performs in America as well as the Middle East.

 

To learn about resources for people with cerebral palsy in the Orlando area, check out CECO.

 

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