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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.

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 10.11.11 AMThe Conductive Learning Center is saddened by the recent loss of our dear friend, Ralph Garlick.

As a founding Board member, Ralph was a constant in the program since its very beginnings, an integral part of who and what CLC is today. He will be remembered as a big-hearted cheerleader of our mission, and we honor Ralph for his ongoing support of the program, the staff and the children served.

Ralph’s interest in conductive education began when his granddaughter Lily became one of the first students of the program in 1999. Even as Lily went on to public school, Ralph’s involvement continued. Over the next decade, he served as a Board member, was one of our faithful donors, and also provided financial support for student conductors to travel to Budapest to study at the Peto Institute. Additionally, Ralph supported the conductor training program at Aquinas College, establishing an endowed fund in his granddaughter’s name to provide training and professional development opportunities for future conductors.

After he retired from the Board, Ralph continued his tradition of dropping in and visiting with the staff, always finding a way to recognize their hard work and the wonderful impact they make on the students CLC serves. And for many years, he participated in many CLC events and attended all of our celebrations and student plays.

The Conductive Learning Center was certainly fortunate to have the support of such a talented and kind man as Ralph! We will miss him. We thank his family, especially his wife Sue, for sharing him with us and wish them love and peace in the days ahead.

CLC is proud to partner with WGVU TV for their next “Family Health Matters” segment focused on cerebral palsy, this Sunday, August 23 at 3 p.m. The segment features “Our Beautiful Secret,” a movie about one West Michigan family’s journey with cerebral palsy. Post movie, CLC’s Program Director, Andrea Benyovszky, joins a panel of CP experts for discussion, where she’ll share about the children and families served by CLC and Conductive Education’s unique approach.FHM LOGO

Be sure to tune in! Read the recent MLive.com story here.

Alana with logo for EventbriteThis 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 four sessions, space is limited!

Tuesday, August 11 – 9:30-10:30 a.m. Register here.
Tuesday, August 11 – 1-2 p.m. Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 11.52.05 AMPlan now to be a part of this inspiring evening benefitting the children of the Conductive Learning Center.

Tuesday, October 13
5:45 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Watermark Country Club

5500 Cascade Rd. Grand Rapids MI 49546

5:45 p.m. — 9 p.m.

Social Hour, Hors d’oeuvres & CLC Discovery Stations
Dinner & Program
Blitz and Live Auction
Scholarship Drive


Business Attire
Tickets $125 per person*
*$100 tax deductible charitable contribution.

Download Digital Invite Package Here

Evening of Celebration Tickets
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Why Hope Lives Here…

Children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and motor disorders face challenges in everyday tasks that most of us do without even thinking — eating, buttoning a shirt, sitting in a chair, can be extremely difficult to accomplish.

The Conductive Learning Center (CLC) changes that. Through the application of conductive education methodology, CLC has a transformative effect onmobility and independence. This approach, that combines medical knowledge with educational methods, teaches a child to gain control over his or her body – and accomplish tasks he or she never thought possible.

With increased mobility, strength, problem-solving skills, confidence and self-esteem, the child’s and the entire family’s life is improved.

At a time when many are telling these kids they can’t,
CLC is telling them they can. And that is why… Hope Lives Here.

Sponsorship Packages Still Available!

You can change a child’s life by helping them reach their greatest potential. Sponsor An Evening of Celebration. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Each package includes benefits such as tickets, recognition, program ad, and VIP service.
Learn More/Download Sponsorship materials here.
For more information, contact Karen Mueller O’Neill, Executive Director, at 616.575.0575.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

as of 7/30/15


Presenting Sponsor
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Sponsors

Keith & Shelly Harrold

Partners
BISSELL Inc.
Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation
Mike and Sue Jandernoa
Bill & Karen Lawrence

Supporters

Anlaan Corporation
S. Abraham and Sons
Best & Friends
Paul & Cathy Boyer
Custom Sales & Marketing/Rick and Sandy White
Matt & Katie DeCamp
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
Ferris State University/David L. Eisler
Art and Betsy Hasse
Herman Miller Cares
Jacks Family
Mary and Jim Krzeminski
Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
Litehouse Foods
Rockford Construction
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Towner Lund Group at Merrill Lynch
West Walker Steel
Varnum LLP


Friends

Steve and Mary Anderson
Dirk & Lisa Buth
David & Cara Cassard
J.C. & Tammy Huizenga
Greenridge Realty/Tom & Fonda Paarlberg
MLive Media Group
Jim and Mary Veldheer
George and Mary Wanty

Wine Sponsor

Henry A. Fox Sales

THANK YOU TO OUR AUCTION DONORS

Custom Sales & Marketing
Douglas Home Furnishings
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Walt Disney World Co.
Witte Travel & Tours

GALA COMMITTEE

We are extremely grateful for the commitment of those who devote their time and talents to making this annual event a huge success.


Honorary Chairpersons

Chip and Stacie Behler
Michael and Marilyn Best
Paul and Cathy Boyer
Scott and Jasmine Breslin
David and Karen Custer
Senator David and Sarah Hildenbrand
Kenneth and Janice Hoexum
Gary and Barb Leddick
Ryan and Kim McLaughlin
Juan and Mary Olivarez
James and Nancy Peterson
Robert and Judy Van Dongen

Gala Chairpersons

Becki and Jeff Agar
Karen and Bill Lawrence


Gala Committee

Becki Agar
Shelley Anderson
Mary Boll-Van Wylen
Cathy Boyer
Melinda Breslin
Lisa Buth
Nancy Dobry
Shelly Harrold
Linh Huynh
Bill Lawrence
Karen Lawrence
Moira Parks
Gail Quinn
Robert Van Dongen
Linda Wagner
Jennifer White

Team CLC is forming again!

The Conductive Learning Center is asking our supporters, friends, and families, to run in the 2015 Fifth Third River Bank Run on May 9, 2015 in honor of the students at Conductive Learning Center. Students at CLC live with cerebral palsy, spina bifida or other motor challenges. At CLC students train for the marathon of life!

In past years, Team CLC has had over 100 members representing CLC as an official race Charity Partner. Though CLC is not an official partner this year, this is still a great opportunity for the community to get inspired by the amazing accomplishments of CLC students like 17-year-old Nathaniel, who walked the 5K, or 8-year-old Dakota, who ran in the Junior Fun Run last year! Runners and walkers of Team CLC collect donations for CLC’s “Champion a Child” scholarship fund. This important fund helps families with qualifying children with motor challenges to attend the dynamic programs at Conductive Learning Center and gain independence.

CLC strives to make the Team CLC experience fun and rewarding. Participants attend a pre-race pasta dinner and have chances to win great race swag!

Ready to join and help even more children
reach their goals at CLC? Here are 3 Easy Steps:

 

Step 1: Fill out our online Team CLC sign up form here. Once you are signed up, CLC well help you set up your online fundraising page and fill you in on how to form your own team!

 

Step 2: Visit 53riverbankrun.com and register for your race. Race options include a 5Kcommunity walk, 5K Run, 10K Run, and 25K Run.

 

Step 3: Share your online fundraising page and help collect pledges for CLC’s scholarship fund. You will be amazed how easy it is!

 

If you would like to donate to Team CLC, visit our online CrowdRise event page. Team CLC also has sponsorship opportunities available. Download our sponsorship form to learn more!

Questions? Email Erin Quackenbush, Development Assistant at equackenbush@conductivelearningcenter.org or call 616-575-0575.

Dakota

CLC student Dakota enjoys running
in the Fifth Third River Bank Run
Junior Fun Run!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 11, 2015 – Leadership from Sweden’s Move & Walk Conductive Education program will visit Grand Rapids March 11-13 to observe and learn from the Conductive Learning Center (CLC). CLC, through its partnership with Aquinas College, provides the only Conductive Education teacher training program in North America.
Due in part to lobbying efforts of Move & Walk, Sweden recently endorsed Conductive Education (CE) as the primary treatment and educational solution for children with cerebral palsy. This endorsement, coupled with Move & Walk’s recent expansion from one to five Conductive Education centers across Sweden, has created a need for Sweden to develop its own teacher training programs. The purpose of their Grand Rapids visit is to learn from the CLC and Aquinas collaborative model. Move & Walk representatives will meet with CLC and Aquinas leadership, CLC parents and students to engage in an open dialog about Conductive Education and its future.
Developed more than sixty years ago in Hungary by Dr. András Pető, Conductive Education maximizes the independence and mobility of children and adults with motor disabilities, including stroke survivors, and those with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injuries, and Parkinson’s disease. CE operates from a core belief in neuroplasticity – the lifelong ability of the brain to reorganize neural pathways based on new experiences – and on the premise that no matter how severe the disability, people can learn and improve when they are motivated. Conductive Education helps individuals learn their way to independence. CE is a widely accepted practice with proven success across the globe, and is integrated into the community rehabilitation and educational systems in Hungary, Israel, Germany and Great Britain.

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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. www.conductivelearningcenter.org

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 5, 2015 – There are millions of children and adults with motor disorders, across North America, who could be learning how to become more mobile, independent and self-confident with a dynamic learning system called Conductive Education (CE).

On Thursday, Feb. 19, the 37 member organizations of The Association for Conductive Education in North America (ACENA) join together to advocate the power and purpose of Conductive Education. In West Michigan, the Conductive Learning Center (CLC) expands its National Conductive Education Day advocacy and educational events into a multi-day “Believe in Conductive Education” celebration:

• Conductive Education Today: Global and Local Perspectives – Feb. 18, 8-9 a.m.
Donnelly Center, Aquinas College, 1607 Robinson Road SE
Informal panel discussion will share basics of Conductive Education (CE), how it migrated to North America from its beginnings in Hungary, and its present reach and impact. Today’s global perspectives on CE will be discussed, as well as implications for CE’s future in North America. Complimentary coffee and pastries.
Register to attend “Conductive Education Today” here

• CLC Discovery Day Tours – Feb. 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m. & 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Conductive Learning Center, 2428 Burton SE
This is a great opportunity for prospective families and community partners to learn more about the programs and impact of CLC. These info sessions, comprised of a short presentation, classroom tour and Q&A wrap-up, will be held two times this day.
Register to attend Discovery Day Tour here

Developed more than sixty years ago in Hungary by Dr. András Pető, Conductive Education maximizes the independence and mobility of children and adults with motor disabilities, including stroke survivors, and those with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease and spina bifida. CE operates from a core belief in neuroplasticity – the lifelong ability of the brain to reorganize neural pathways based on new experiences – and on the premise that no matter how severe the disability, people can learn and improve when they are motivated. Conductive Education helps individuals learn their way to independence. CE is a widely accepted practice with proven success across the globe, and is integrated into the community rehabilitation and educational systems in Hungary, Israel, Germany and Great Britain.

Conductive Education has the potential to make a significant, life-changing impact on the mobility and independence of close to 9 million people in the United States and Canada. Millions more will also indirectly benefit – spouses, parents and caregivers – by having loved ones become more independent, motivated and self-sufficient.

“Through Conductive Education, I’ve seen the other side, the vast potential that is my son Bryce, and it’s utterly addicting,” says Bryce’s mom Katrina, noting the tremendous progress made after one four-week session.

“He made full-scale, across-the-board progress that makes his past progress seem just silly. Every milestone before CLC came so slowly, that it was hard to even celebrate,” said Katrina. “But CLC is the real deal. I’ve personally witnessed subtle, consistent changes in Bryce. Among all the other accomplishments – more social independence, an eagerness to communicate, feeding himself with a fork, potty trained – I witnessed full-blown, absolutely independent steps! FOUR of them! Seeing Bryce have the opportunity to succeed on his own, interact with peers and be in a group of children with similar challenges has been life altering.”

“We recognize National Conductive Education Day as a way to raise awareness of this important and innovative educational program,” says Karen Mueller O’Neill, Executive Director of the Conductive Learning Center. “It is our hope and dream to expand CE to all in Michigan – and moreover, North America – who would benefit.”

To find out if Conductive Education is right for you or a loved one, or for more information about the Conductive Learning Center, please contact Andrea Benyovszky, Program Director at (616) 575-0575 or email abenyovszky@conductivelearningcenter.org.

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. www.conductivelearningcenter.org

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. www.acena.org

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On Thursday, Feb. 19, the 37 member organizations of The Association for Conductive Education in North America (ACENA) join together to advocate the power and purpose of Conductive Education. In West Michigan, the Conductive Learning Center (CLC) expands its National Conductive Education Day advocacy and educational events into a multi-day “Believe in Conductive Education” celebration:

Celebrate CE – Tues., Feb. 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Conductive Learning Center, 2428 Burton SE
CLC Board, staff, families and friends will come together to celebrate National Conductive Education Week with cake, photo booth fun and camaraderie!

Conductive Education Today: Global and Local Perspectives – Feb. 18, 8-9 a.m.
Donnelly Center, Aquinas College, 1607 Robinson Road SE
Informal panel discussion will share basics of Conductive Education (CE), how it migrated to North America from its beginnings in Hungary, and its present reach and impact. Today’s global perspectives on CE will be discussed, as well as implications for CE’s future in North America. Complimentary coffee and pastries.
Register to attend “Conductive Education Today” here

CLC Discovery Day Tours – Feb. 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m. & 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Conductive Learning Center, 2428 Burton SE
This is a great opportunity for prospective families and community partners to learn more about the programs and impact of CLC. These info sessions, comprised of a short presentation, classroom tour and Q&A wrap-up, will be held two times this day.
Register to attend Discovery Day Tour here

 

CLC continues to lead the way to develop strong partnerships among North American CE programs. Program Director Andrea Benyovszky recently headed to Canada to consult with March Of Dimes Canada. While there, she observed their child and adult programs, presented to their CE team on spina bifida, discussed the potential of future research studies, and explored possibilities for a partnership with Aquinas College’s conductor-teacher training program.

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Thank you to the generous sponsors of An Evening of Celebration 2014!

LEAD PRESENTING SPONSOR
Meijer

SPONSORS
Steve & Mary Anderson
CapTrust
Keith & Shelly Harrold
Peter F. Secchia Family
Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation
SoundTech Inc
ACME Insulation

SUPPORTERS
Ferris State University
Art & Betsy Hasse
S. Abraham & Sons Inc.
BISSELL Inc.
Best & Friends
Rockford Construction
Herman Miller Cares
Chemical Bank
Hudsonville Ice Cream
Bob & Judy Van Dongen
Dirk & Lisa Buth
Karen & Bill Lawrence
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Mary & Jim Krzeminski
Jacks Family
PNC Bank
Korte & Kowatch
Towner Lund Group of Merrill Lynch
Varnum LLP
Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation
Matt & Katie DeCamp
Ross & Thea Hoezee
Paul & Cathy Boyer
Aquinas College
Laminin Medical Products
Custom Sales & Marketing – Rick & Sandy White
Lacks Enterprises
Mike & Sue Jandernoa
Richard H. Brown Foundation
Anlaan Corporation

FRIENDS
Litehouse Foods
J.C. & Tammy Huizenga
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Jiggs & Nancy Wanty
Dr. Tom & Joan Powaser
Bob & Kathy Price
Larry & Mettie Leigh
Gary & Linda McInerney
West Walker Steel
Morgan Stanley, Mathew J. Pursley
David & Cara Cassard
Word Investments, Ted & Barb Etheridge

CONTRIBUTORS
Irwin Seating Company
Kim & Tom Condon
Haworth
WINE SPONSOR
Henry A. Fox Sales

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