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Welcome to our News Room. Below you’ll find the most recent information about what’s going on at the Conductive Learning Center, and opportunities for you to get involved.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 12, 2016 – The Conductive Learning Center (CLC) announced today that Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will run in the Fifth Third River Bank Run in downtown Grand Rapids on May 14, 2016 as part of its Team CLC. Calley joins other Team CLC members to support the children of the Conductive Learning Center who face each day with challenges as a result of a motor disability. Team CLC raises money for the Champion a Child Scholarship Fund, which provides greater access to children with motor disorders, to learn their way to independence through the power and principles of Conductive Education.

Brian Calley HeadshotChildren with motor disorders like cerebral palsy or spina bifida experience tremendous challenges on the road to living independent lives. Through Conductive Education, students work hard to learn and accomplish tasks that most people take for granted. Students learn to feed themselves, dress themselves, sit independently, and even take their first steps; accomplishments that once seemed impossible. All of these goals and more enable students to become self-reliable rather than reliant.

“Team CLC is honored to have the support of Lt. Gov. Calley who has been a leading voice for persons with disabilities in Michigan,” said CLC Executive Director Karen Mueller O’Neill.

Lt. Gov. Calley has made providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities a top priority. In 2015, he signed an executive order establishing Employment First to increase job opportunities for Michiganders with disabilities. “Michiganders with all abilities deserve to live independent, self-determined lives,” said Calley. “The ability to work leads to enhanced social interaction, community involvement and economic independence, and a sense of pride that all people desire.”

The Conductive Learning Center invites the community to join Lt. Gov. Calley and the other members of Team CLC. To join the team, or donate directly to the scholarship fund, visit

About the Conductive Learning Center of Aquinas College
The Conductive Learning Center (CLC), located in Grand Rapids, Mich., serves children birth to age 26 with motor disorders related to complications of prematurity, cerebral palsy, spina bifida or brain injury. Since 1999, the CLC, a subsidiary corporation of Aquinas College, has helped more than 350 children reach their maximum physical, cognitive and social independence through the application of Conductive Education principles. Through a unique collaboration between Aquinas College and András Pető College in Budapest, Hungary, CLC acts as a laboratory school for Aquinas College’s School of Education, the only teacher-training program in North America to utilize the Conductive Education methodology.

We need you on Team CLC! Be one of the runners and walkers who are collecting donations for CLC’s “Champion a Child” scholarship fund. Team CLC members even get a discount when registering for the River Bank Run. Please join us and help even more children reach their goals at CLC! Click here to join or to sponsor Team CLC.
Easter Holiday ScheduleFebruary 25, 2016

Conductive Learning Center programs will operate according to their normal schedules on Friday, March 25. The administrative office will be closed.

School programs and administrative office will be closed on Monday, March 28.




Feb. 18, 2016  was declared Conductive Education Day in the state of Michigan, through a resolution presented by Senator. Dave Hildenbrand.

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58478_10153487419131443_1528323865388372452_n This is a great opportunity for prospective families, community partners or anyone who is interested in learning more about conductive education and the programs and impact of CLC. These one-hour sessions include a brief presentation, a classroom tour, and time for Q&A.

Register now for one of two sessions, space is limited!

Tuesday, Feb. 16 – 9:30-10:30 a.m. Register here.
Tuesday, Feb. 16 – 1:30-2:30 p.m. Register here.

Mark your calendars for this Guest Bartender Night Fundraiser at Olive’s Restaurant & Bar …  featuring CLC friends, Chip Behler & Andy Behler.

Wednesday, February 24 from 6-9 p.m.

Olive’s Restaurant & Bar will donate (20%) of sales on this evening to CLC to support children with motor disabilities.

Chip and Andy will make it a fun night for all!  Plus, CLC board, staff and families will be in attendance to share about our mission and program. An informal way to support CLC and learn more.

Visit to find a map and menu.  No flyer is needed.


We recently asked for your help, needing to enroll at least 10 people in the Rite Aid KidCents program by January 31, 2016 to receive a $5,000+ grant.

Thank you to all who helped! CLC has met the challenge and will receive a $5,000 grant!

It’s not too late to enroll in the KidCents Round-up Program to support CLC year-round.  Just choose the Conductive Learning Center as your designated charity Imagine the change that your change can make in a child’s life!

STEP 1: Enroll in wellness+ with Plenti (Skip to Step 2 if you are already a wellness+ with Plenti member)

  • Visit and click ‘Sign In’ on the left
  • Click the box on the right to ‘Enroll in wellness+ with Plenti
  • Complete registration process for wellness+ with Plenti
  • Click through to finish signing up in Plenti
  • When finished with both processes, you will be directed to

STEP 2: Enroll in the KidCents Round-Up Program

  • Visit
  • You should see your account logged in on the left. If not, sign in with the account information.
  • Click ‘Start rounding up today!’ dial on the left

Step 3: Designate Your Charity

  • Click ‘Select a Charity’ on the left
  • Type Conductive Learning Center and click ‘Select This Charity’

When you sign up, there are great benefits for you and CLC.

  • When you use your wellness+ with Plenti card when making a purchase at Rite Aid or a Plenti partner (i.e. AT&T, Macy’s, Exxon, Mobil), you agree to round-up your change and donate it to CLC.  You also earn rewards for your own use.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Reed, CLC’s Interim Administrative Coordinator, at (616) 575-0575 or


The Conductive Learning Center (an Aquinas College partner) is seeking a Development and Marketing Coordinator to help coordinate and execute a comprehensive mission-driven development program in order to grow resources and enrollment. This position is responsible for executing the day-to-day operations of the annual fund campaign, working in close collaboration with the Board, Executive Director, program staff, and volunteers. Duties include event management, database management, light accounting procedures, communications, and project-based work. This is a full-time professional office position.

A detailed job description and preferred qualifications can be found here.


Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter (including salary requirements) by January 15, 2016 to Candidate interviews will begin immediately. Resumes will be reviewed until position filled.

There’s an incredible live auction planned, with something for everyone. From travel and experience packages, to sports, dining, technology and more. 

Make your bidding plans now, and get ready to raise your paddle!

1.     TRES MAGNIFIQUE $2,000 Witte Travel & Tours voucher to use to go to Paris, France (or anywhere you choose), plus April in Paris dinner party for 8 in your home in Grand Rapids

2.     SLAM DUNK SPARTY SYLE  MSU vs. (#2) Maryland ultimate basketball package

3.     TIGERS CARAVAN  4 tickets to the Grand Rapids Tigers Caravan plus Limo ride to the event

4.     KING FOR A DAY Ekornes Leather Stressless recliner, whiskey and cigars,  Derek Jeter signed book, Bose noise canceling headphones, round of golf at Watermark Country Club and $200 dining card

5.     A GRAND DATE  $200 dinner card for Ruth’s Chris, tickets to “Pippin,” night at the Amway Grand Hotel

6.     LAKESIDE LIVING Week stay at a luxurious cottage on Lake Michigan near Montague, sleeps 15

7.     GRIDIRON GLORY Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State signed footballs and tickets to a game

8.     ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH  6-night stay at Redstone Inn (a Gilmore property) in Colorado, $300 dining gift card and adventure packages

9.     THE WRIGHT WAY TO DINE  Meyer May House (Frank Lloyd Wright designed) dinner for 10

10.   LANDSCAPE BY STEPHEN DUREN Original oil painting by Stephen Duren

11.   IT’S GREAT TO BE QUEEN IN PURE MICHIGAN  2-night stay at Grand Traverse Resort, with wine tour, golf, spa treatment, dinner, Kate Spade purse, Fitbit

12.   DESTINATION DISNEY Orange Lake Resort 2-bedroom condo for Spring Break week with 4 Park Hopper passes to Disneyworld

13.   TO WEAR IT IS TO LOVE IT  Apple Watch


15.   LAKE SKIES SCENE  George Peebles landscape oil painting

16.   NO CO-PILOT NECESSARY  Ghost Drone Aerial (iOS)

17.   EAT DRINK AND BE MERRY  International food and wine basket

18.   PICKIN’ AND GRINNIN‘ Guitar signed by some of today’s hottest Country music stars: Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Maddie and Tae, Granger Smith, Jackie Lee

19.   MANGIA! MANGIA!  Gift card for $300 for the Redwater Restaurant group of restaurants

20.   A FAMILY AFFAIR Family memberships to Meijer Gardens, John Ball Zoo, GRAM, Children’s Museum day passes, Public Museum passes, Grand Rapids Symphony Lollipops tickets

21.   RIDE LIKE THE WIND  Jamis Coda Sport Bicycle

22.   ALL IN ONE AWESOME  GoPro Hero Camera

23.   WHAT’S COOKIN’  4 gift certificates, good for cooking class of your choice at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

24.   HIT THE ICE 4 Red Wings tickets, seating and all inclusive buffet at the exclusive Comerica Bank Legends Club, $50 Meijer gift card for gas

25.   LADIES ON TOUR  4 Meijer LPGA Classic tour event tickets for the week of June 13-19

26.   MUSIC FROM THE HEART “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” sheet music signed by Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik


You can count on another fabulous live auction at An Evening of Celebration 2015! Flip through this digital catalog for a sneak peek of some of the featured packages and items, and make your bidding plans now. The catalog showcases just a portion of all the items. Keep checking back as this catalog will be updated with new items every few days. See you on October 13!

[Click here view catalog]

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To provide opportunities for preschool and school age children with motor challenges to achieve optimal physical, cognitive and social independence through the application and promotion of conductive education principles.CLC is a 501(C)3 Organization