ACENA NEWS 2015  [Issue 17]  October 2015   www.acena.org
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ACENA Annual General Meeting on  November 3rd at 7pm CST

Please join us for ACENA's Annual General Meeting to be held via webinar on Tuesday, November 3rd at 7pm CST.  Learn more about our accomplishments this past year and our Plan of Work for 2015/2016!  Simply join the   meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone

 

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/436479093

 

Computer not available?  Call in! 

Dial 1-800-263-3463 ● Press 8 once the system answers ● When prompted for the "number of your conference" punch in 617 ● When prompted for the "access code" punch in 416617


 

If the 1-800 number does not work for you, please try 1-416-425-3463 


 

NOTE: Please put your phone on mute during the meeting.


 

We encourage all members to participate.
Your voice is important to ACENA!

Scholarship Available for ACENA Conference 2015

ACENA recognizes that there may be some members that wish to attend the conference but may need some support in able to do so. This year ACENA is excited to be able to provide a limited amount of scholarships to help more ACENA members attend this conference (up to $1000).

Criteria for Scholarship Application:

1) You must be a registered ACENA member
2) You must be a CE Teacher working in a CE program or a CE Teacher Student currently enrolled in an ACENA recognized qualified CE training program.
3) You must provide a motivation letter explaining how your attendance at the conference will benefit yourself as well as the CE community as a whole (maximum 300 words).

DUE DATE: October 15, 2015

The winner(s) will be announced at ACENA's Annual General Meeting on November 3, 2015.

For questions and submission please contact:

Stanley Cup visits Center for Independence

Chicago Blackhawk Andrew Shaw visited the Center for Independence with the Stanley Cup on September 8th, 2015.

 
Center for Independence
 Participants Nick and Joey


Participant Charlotte and Blackhawk Andrew Shaw
National Conductive 
Education Day 2016

The 6th National Conductive Education Day will be celebrated on  Thursday, February 18, 2016! This day is always a great opportunity to increase awareness of Conductive Education and promote your program.
 
Similar to previous years, ACENA will offer a Campaign Kit to its Conductive Education Teacher, Student Conductive Education Teacher, and Program Administrator members. The kit is designed to help advocacy work, and includes eight files, including: a cover letter from ACENA's president, a detailed guide of how to use all the documents, various templates, and a pamphlet that promotes CE. All these files can be fully customized with ease.  This year's campaign kit will be available in late November. 
 
Please remember that major TV shows, governmental letters, proclamation requests, etc need to be sent out many weeks in advance of CE Day - and certainly before the holiday season in December - so start to think about what your campaign may look like and consider striking a small working group at your center to champion CE Day 2016!

Membership

ACENA has membership opportunities for parents, CE participants, and all program staffers.  Join Now!
Greetings From ACENA Board President
 
I am pleased to announce the results of the July 2015 ACENA Board Elections:

Andrea Benyovszky - President Elect (to commence position of President July 2016)
Brittany Jennings  - Director of Communication
Gabriella Molnar  - Director of Finance
Beth Lynch -  Director of Continuing Education
Katie Lightfoot - Secretary
Anita Keresztury - Director of Advocacy
 
Our sincere thanks to these generous professionals for committing so much of their time and talent in expanding and improving the field of Conductive Education throughout North America.
 
We are also grateful to fellow Board Members who will be continuing on over the next year:
 
Elizabeth Filkins - Director of Membership
Andrea Berecz-Prewitt - Director of Practice
Vicky Briley - Director of Operations
Brent Page - President Emeritus
 
A very special thank you to  Steven Fong, (March of Dimes, Canada) for  Chair ing the nominations and election.
 
Please join us on November 3rd for the ACENA Annual General Meeting to learn more about the Board of Director's Plan of Work for 2015/2016.  If you are already an ACENA member - thank you!    If you are not a member, please consider joining ACENA to get the professional development, resources and peer-to-peer support you need in providing the highest quality Conductive Education programming with confidence!
 
Patricia Herbst
ACENA Board President

Graduation Announcement

The POHI Class of 2015 is excited to announce our graduation from Aquinas College this May! Looking back at our time at Aquinas, there have been many fond memories. There were many hours spent at the Conductive Learning Center that served as our lab school, many late nights working on papers and lesson plans, all working towards this solitary goal: graduation. Now that we have graduated, it is hard to believe that we are at the end of our training. The glorious moment of walking across that stage and receiving our diplomas was unlike no other. Our diplomas do not just signify the end of our training, though; they also serve as a token to represent our dedication to the values of Conductive Education.

The POHI Class of 2015 is excited to announce our graduation from Aquinas College this May. Looking back at our time at Aquinas, there have been many fond memories. There were many hours spent at the Conductive Learning Center that served as our lab school, many late nights working on papers and lesson plans, all working towards this solitary goal: graduation. Now that we have graduated, it is hard to believe that we are at the end of our training. The glorious moment of walking across that stage and receiving our diplomas was unlike no other. Our diplomas do not just signify the end of our training, though; they also serve as a token to represent our dedication to the values of Conductive Education.

Four of us walked across the stage at graduation and one of us will be walking in May of 2016. This program at Aquinas has impacted each of our lives in a deep way, and has left a mark on us that can never be taken away. We have taken a wide variety of classes that covers everything from the Philosophy of Education and Child Development to Anatomy & Physiology and Neuropathology. We have taken classes through Aquinas and the András Pető College and we are excited to go out into the world and spread the knowledge and experience that we have gained.

As graduates of the POHI program, we are certified in three distinct areas: Elementary Education K-5, Physical or Other Health Impairments (POHI) K-12, and a Conductive Education endorsement through the András Pető College in Hungary. Graduation is a bittersweet moment, but we are ready to make our way into the working world and truly make a difference in the lives of children and their families. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us and encouraged us on our journey, especially the staff at the CLC and the Hungarian professors that took the time to fly over and teach us in a foreign country. They taught us what they could, and now it is up to us to go out and make a difference.
 
Written by Victoria McCraw
Your Participants Count!

ACENA recently emailed all programs the 2014-15 baseline statistics form. We continue to work to obtain statistics to illustrate the breadth of conductive education services in North America to help us better engage our advocacy efforts and to provide members with accurate data on both the number of people CE touches and the service hours we are collectively delivering to communities across the US, Canada and Mexico. This information, we suspect, can help with your own local advocacy efforts by showing stakeholders that CE is bigger than just your center, that demand for services is growing, and that CE is worthy of attention and funding. This is our 4th year working to collect this information.

Please take the time to complete and forward your form to Brent Page at  bpage@marchofdimes.ca by  Friday, October 30, 2015. Completion is voluntary of course and an annual Report on the Status of CE in North America will be published and circulated to all registered ACENA members after this year's ACENA Annual General Meeting. Centers will not be specifically identified but rather your statistics will be rolled up into national and regional snapshots of the number of participants being served and the number of service hours delivered.

It doesn't matter if you offered 10 hours of class to 3 participants or 10,000 hours of class to 100 participants, your input and the fine work you are doing is important and will make a difference locally and nationally. Your participants count so do ensure your center's success is included!

POHI Trip to Budapest

In order to graduate from Aquinas College with a POHI major, one of the requirements is travelling to Budapest, Hungary to visit the András Pető College. The five of us who graduated (or will be graduating soon) had the great pleasure of visiting the school in May of 2014.

The purpose of our trip was two-fold: to observe the Conductive Education classroom settings of many different groups, as well as receive training in the form of classes from Hungarian professors at the college. Throughout the two weeks we were there, we spent nearly eight hours a day observing in various classrooms in the morning, and then receiving training in the afternoons. We were able to observe certain programs that we did not previously have access to; such as the adult programs for individuals with Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and adult hemiplegia. We were also able to observe in an integrated kindergarten group, as well as see the assessment process for Conductive Education in Budapest. It was an amazing opportunity to be able to expand our knowledge and make connections with other professionals that are working in our same field internationally. 

It was fascinating to see the similarities between our own experience at the Conductive Learning Center and what we observed at the Pető. What we learned there will stick with us for years to come. It was truly wonderful to be in the birthplace of Conductive Education and see that the methodology that András Pető created still lives on. We are so grateful for the impact that ACENA has made on our studies. Your support has been invaluable and has empowered us to achieve greatness.

POHI Students in Budapest