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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.

The Conductive Learning Center is seeking a Marketing and Development Manager to work closely with the Executive Director to plan and execute a comprehensive mission-driven marketing and development program to grow resources, enrollments and service delivery. S/he holds operational responsibility in the areas of: fundraising, marketing/public relations, community outreach, relationship building, partnership development and events of CLC. S/he joins a dynamic team responsible for the advancement of the organization’s strategic goals; team is comprised of program staff, administrative staff, volunteer Board leadership, and Aquinas College representatives.

Read the full job description and learn how to apply:

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New things are in store for this exciting event. Stay tuned for details.

Conductive Learning Center’s annual  Evening of Celebration dinner and auction will take place on October 13, 2015 at Watermark Country Club. Plan now to be a part of this inspiring evening celebrating the children of the Conductive Learning Center.

For information about sponsorship, or to purchase a ticket today, call Karen Mueller O’Neill, Executive Director, at 616.575.0575.

The conductor-PI teacher is responsible for planning and carrying out instruction in a conductive education program, stressing the achievement of maximum independence, knowledge and skills for children having motor challenges. The conductor-PI teacher joins a dynamic team responsible for the advancement of the Conductive Learning Center’s strategic goals; team is comprised of program staff, administrative staff, volunteer Board leadership, and Aquinas College representatives.

Read the full job description and learn how to apply: Conductor Teacher Job Description

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.

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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

Karen - HeadshotGRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 7, 2014 – The Conductive Learning Center of Aquinas College has announced Karen Mueller O’Neill as its next executive director. Mueller O’Neill brings significant nonprofit management experience to the Center and assumes the role immediately, succeeding Terry Stelter, who in June stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

“I am deeply honored to lead such an extraordinary organization, one with a strong track record of success in transforming the lives of children with motor disorders, by helping them achieve optimal physical, cognitive and social independence,” said Mueller O’Neill.

“I feel very fortunate to be joining the Conductive Learning Center at this exciting time in its history. The board of directors and staff have done a wonderful job building and sustaining the organization, and identifying hopes and dreams for its future. I look forward to leading the CLC in those next steps through building new partnerships, developing resources and programs, and increasing awareness of the CLC and conductive education – all which will translate to more children and families served in our community and beyond.”

Mueller O’Neill brings both deep, and varied, nonprofit expertise to the position with a professional background that includes leadership roles in media consulting, higher education and the performing arts. For more than two decades, she led the marketing and public relations efforts for the Grand Rapids Symphony. As the Symphony’s vice president for marketing and public relations she worked collaboratively with artistic leaders, the board of directors, committees and community partners to create and execute the strategic plans of the organization. Highlights of her accomplishments include the orchestra’s 75th Anniversary sold-out tour performance at Carnegie Hall, and the development and launch of top performing concert series such as the Picnic Pops at Cannonsburg Ski Area and the SymphonicBoom Series, including Cirque de Noel annual performances and Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Prior to her work with the Symphony, Mueller O’Neill held the positions of director of enrollment research at Suffolk University in Boston, Mass., and a research director at Research Communications in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Mueller O’Neill is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics. She has pursued graduate coursework in strategic marketing and advertising at Suffolk University and is a graduate of Inforum’s Executive Leadership Program.

Board President John M. Ritch said following a three-month search, members of the Search Committee unanimously recommended Mueller O’Neill for the role of executive director.

“Karen Mueller O’Neill is uniquely qualified for this position,” said Ritch. “She has the mind of a businesswoman combined with the passion, creativity and sensitivity required of today’s nonprofit leader.”

As executive director, Mueller O’Neill will oversee the CLC’s day-to-day operations. She will lead its overall strategy and management, direct organizational planning and program expansion, guide fundraising, marketing and public relations efforts, and develop community-wide relationships.

Ritch noted that the Search Committee was impressed by Mueller O’Neill’s prior accomplishments, knowledge of the Grand Rapids/West Michigan community and commitment to organizational success. “We look forward to taking the Conductive Learning Center to the next level with her leadership,” said Ritch.

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 the Andras Peto College in Budapest, Hungary, the 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.

 

View the PDF version of this press release here.

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