ACENA Conference 2016 | Orlando, FL

Conference Theme

Conductive Education across the Lifespan

A Welcome Message from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation

A Message from our Leadership

Thank you for joining us for this important event! We are proud to convene hundreds of dedicated conductors and administrators from across the world to learn, connect, envision and build the future of the practice of conductive education.

The working theme of the conference this year is “IT IS POSSIBLE”: Conductive Education across the Lifespan. The conference aims to merge the components of education, rehabilitation and technology and its effectiveness in working with persons with motor disabilities throughout their life span.

With gratitude,
Patricia Herbst, Board of Directors President, ACENA,
Joe Raymond, Board of Directors Chair, CECO and
Rosene Johnson, Executive Director, CECO

Conference Host Organizations

The Association for Conductive Education in North America (ACENA) is the representative of the programs and professionals providing conductive education services within the North American continent. ACENA acknowledges and promotes the practice of conductive education.

The Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO) improves and enhances the quality of life for children and adults with motor disabilities and their families throughout the world. The mission of CECO is to enhance the independence of children and adults with motor disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, through Conductive Education, a holistic individualized program incorporating physical, social, and educational elements in a group setting.

Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) is a Seventh-day Adventist institution specializing in healthcare education in a faith-affirming environment. Service-oriented and guided by the values of nurture, excellence, spirituality, and stewardship, the University seeks to develop leaders who will practice healthcare as a ministry.

About Conductive Education

Conductive education (CE) is a unique teaching method that was developed in 1945 by a Hungarian doctor and educator named Andras Peto. Dr. Peto specifically designed this educational system for individuals with neuro-motor impairments such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis and acquired brain injuries. He believed that motor control and coordination can be learned in order to improve the quality of life of people living with these challenges.

This comprehensive approach uses active learning to reduce the physical effects of a disability. Conductive education combines physical activities with cognitive tasks, emphasizes communication and takes place in a group setting to optimize active participation and social interaction. It focuses on the development of the person as a whole and utilizes a complex program to teach skills related to gross and fine motor movements, social participation, communication and activities of daily living. The overall goals of conductive education include increasing the quality of an individual’s motor function and providing participants with the confidence and problem solving skills needed to live as independently as possible within the greater community.

Conductive education has a global presence and has become increasingly popular in North America in the last 15 years. Currently, there are approximately 40 CE programs operating using various models throughout the continent. Its professionals, called Conductors or Conductive Education teachers, hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with specific training in this methodology. Many are also trained teachers who have chosen to specialize in working with individuals with physical disabilities.

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