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Now that we have a better understanding on what Conductive Education (CE) is, how do we become a Conductor? Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) in Central Florida is one of the only schools of its kind to offer a certificate in CE. The post baccalaureate program is five trimesters long, and includes clinicals in four of the five trimesters. The goal of the program is to graduate professionals who are educated in the health and learning needs of individuals with motor disorders, the principles of pedagogy, and liberal studies. These graduates will be trained to work as conductor-educator specialists in conductive education settings and in sites that assist individuals with motor disorders such as clinics and schools. They work together with our client, CECO, to ensure that the future conductors are prepared in their field.

“ADU has had a relationship with CECO for a number of years. In Orlando and across the nation, there are a number of children and adults with motor disorders who need specialized education to reach their full potential, and it is inspiring to educate students on how to improve the lives of these individuals by using conductive education,” explains Tia Hughes, ADU’s Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department.

ADU’s CE program has been developed to help fill the need for conductors across the nation and worldwide. The main purpose of conductive education is to maximize the independence of a person with motor disabilities in every way possible – physically, cognitively, and socially.

“Conductive education is a growing field but there is a need for conductors to lead the programs, without conductors, centers cannot open and patients are left without the care they specifically need, ADU’s CE program will increase that number and provide a solution for parents of children with special needs here in Central Florida and around the world. The program will develop conductors that offer innovative approaches to encourage their child’s success.”

If you are interested in pursuing a fulfilling career in conductive education, you can find more information at CECO.

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“I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time,” Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk presented by TEDWomen at the annual conference in San Francisco on December 4, 2013. “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali.” With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whirlwind tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.

Early in her acting career, Maysoon Zayid realized she’d get a lot more stage time if she showed off how funny she was. As she states, “It became very obvious to me that in the United States of America, a fluffy ethnic disabled chick was never going to get a job unless she did stand-up.” Don’t think Zayid is fishing for sympathy though. She makes it very clear that through comedy and confidence, Cerebral Palsy is not stopping her from living her dreams and making a positive difference in the world!

To provide support and learn more about Cerebral Palsy, please visit CECO: Conductive Education Center of Orlando

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