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“Justin was so proud carryinG something by ... - March of Dimes

“Justin was

so proud

carryinG

something

by himself

while

WalKinG

for the first

time.”

– shannon Bower,

Justin’s mother

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Justin Bower is just one of the participants in

Conductive Education ® , a program offered by

March of Dimes Canada. Raising funds to enable

other children like Justin to participate in the

program is one of the reasons we are asking kids

to make a difference.


Hi Beth,

(Conductor, Beth Brydon, Halifax, NS)

There is probably no one on Earth that is receiving more

praise than you are right now. You are AMAZING!

I’ve just been sitting here trying to put into words how to

thank you and I just can’t come up with anything that is

even close to being appropriate.

What you have done for our son in just two short weeks

is nothing short of miraculous. I’m still in shock that you

have been able to transform him this much! You are

what we have been looking for since Justin was diagnosed

almost seven years ago. I’m not very religious,

but I thank God for you!

This picture literally brings tears to my eyes. Justin was so

proud CARRYING something by HIMSELF while WALK-

ING for the first time. In just two weeks he has gone from

not wanting to use his crutches at all to using just ONE!!!

We are so proud of him and so excited at his potential!

Conductive Education therapy has definitely been

worth it!!

We just can’t believe the difference with this past session.

I well up just thinking about how my SEVEN year

old son hasn’t crawled in days. I can’t begin to describe

what a big deal that is in our house! We just wish

we had heard about you years ago!!

EVERYONE should know about this opportunity and

the program you have running in Nova Scotia. You are

what we have been looking for these past 7 years. I

can’t believe that we happened upon you by chance!

You are so wonderful. You are professional, friendly and

perfect at balancing praise and direction with Justin.

I could literally spend all day saying wonderful things

about you. I have heard that everyone has an angel...

guess you are ours for Justin.

I was very impressed with your professionalism and

have confidence in your work. Thank you again for the

difference your program has made in our lives AL-

READY! We are excited at the possibilities for ongoing

sessions!!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Shannon Bower


Kids Can Make A Difference ® (KCMD)

is a disability and accessibility awareness program that

promotes inclusion through learning and understanding

the challenges facing people with physical disabilities.

KCMD is based on the Ontario Ministry of Education

Character Development Curriculum.

Each student will be given a learning journal and over the

course of four weeks will receive classroom instruction in

grades 4 - 6 and 7 - 8. The student learning journal provides

character vocabulary acquisition, inspirational profiles

from some well known Canadian and international figures

and exercises that lead to awareness and understanding.

Teachers will use a support guide for the lessons that will

guide students in classroom discussions and exercises.

KCMD is also a fundraising program. Money raised will be

used to provide:

● assistive devices, such as wheelchairs

● recreation programs

● peer support programs

● Conductive Education ®

How the program works

In addition to the learning journal, each student will receive

a fundraising kit that includes the collection envelope,

donation forms and some ideas on how to raise funds.

Over the four week period of the program, students will do

the classroom work and collect donations. At the end of

the four weeks, students will return their collection envelopes

to the school. The school that raises the most money will

recieve a $2,000 gift certificate to purchase books from

Tree House Press Inc.

GettinG your child started fundraisinG

● Your child should start by telling family members – parents,

guardians, grandparents, aunts and uncles – what they

have learned in the classroom and why they are

raising money.

● Help your child set a fundraising goal - $20, $50 or $100!

● Take a donation form to work and help your child reach

their target.

● Encourage your child to take their donation form with

them when they go to their place of worship and sports

activities.

You should encourage your child to make a list of people

for you to check. We do not recommend going door to

door in your neighbourhood unless an adult accompanies

the child.


Where does the money go?

March of Dimes Canada funds training conferences,

materials development, production and distribution to

more than 10,000 people across Canada. We appreciate

your support of your child’s participation in the Kids Can

Make A Difference ® program as they learn about disability

and accessibility issues, and help others with the funds

they raise.

Funds raised by children participating in the Kids Can Make

A Difference program will be used to provide a variety of

programs and services.

Assistive Devices

March of Dimes provides partial funding through the

Assistive Devices Program to more than 1,400 people a year

for the purchase and maintenance of equipment

such as:

● manual and motorized wheelchairs

● bath aids

● seating inserts and wheelchair cushions

● canes, crutches and walkers

● lifting equipment

● repairs to devices

● telephone answering aids

● adapted telephones

● call systems

We also work with our clients to connect them with other

funding sources, as well as available government and

community services.

Peer Support Groups

Peer support programs provide a safe and supportive

environment for social interaction and a chance for people

with similar experiences to share encouragement and

emotional support. Our groups also exist to educate,

provide programming, and help their members get back

into their communities and back into life.

Across Canada, March of Dimes provides national support

to the Post-Polio Program for people coping with the late

effects of polio and post-polio syndrome. Since 1955,

Canadians have been inoculated with a polio vaccine.

Those who suffer from post-polio syndrome contracted the

disease prior to the development of the vaccine.

Stroke Recovery is a national network of stroke survivors,

family and caregivers which provides post-recovery

encouragement together with education and awareness

programs.

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Conductive Education ®

Conductive Education ® (CE) is offered only through March

of Dimes Canada. It is an innovative learning system that

merges the elements of education with rehabilitation. It

deals with the physical needs as well as the social and

psychological issues facing people of all ages with

neurological and physical conditions.

Conductive Education ® instructors (referred to as CE

Conductors) are specially trained instructors who work

with program participants to help them gain, or regain,

physical mobility and self-sufficiency, one small step at a

time. Unlike most medical or therapeutic models of

treatment, CE works to change the way people see their

own abilities, and to raise their awareness of the way their

body works.

The repeated process of setting and attaining small goals

helps develop independence and self-esteem, and

encourages participants to keep working.

Recreation and Integration Services

Leisure time and social activities are important in everyone’s

life. So is the support of friends and communities. Too often

there are barriers to recreational opportunities for those

living with disabilities. March of Dimes provides opportunities

to increase social and recreational experiences for adults

with physical disabilities.

Benefits of the proGram include:

● helps people overcome barriers to participation

● enhances community involvement

● creates lasting friendships

● improves quality of life

We know the importance of fun and play! Funding of these

services provides people with disabilities an opportunity to

socialize and have an adventure in a safe and supportive

environment


March of Dimes Canada: who are we

and what do we do?

For more than 50 years, March of Dimes has been a trusted

name in communities across Canada. In the 1950s, we

formed a united movement in countless neighbourhoods

throughout North America to raise money one dime at a

time, to fund the development of a vaccine, and end the

devastation of polio.

Today, March of Dimes is the largest community-based

rehabilitation and advocacy organization for people with

physical disabilities. March of Dimes Canada provides

essential programs, services and resources across the

country to people with physical disabilities.

March of Dimes Canada is a registered national charity

that depends on support from individuals, corporations

and foundations.

March of Dimes Canada

10 Overlea Blvd.

Toronto, ON M4H 1A4

416-425-3463

www.marchofdimes.ca

Charitable Registration No. 879585214 RR0001

S O U T I O N S


Hi Beth,

(Conductor, Beth Brydon, Halifax, NS)

There is probably no one on Earth that is receiving more

praise than you are right now. You are AMAZING!

I’ve just been sitting here trying to put into words how to

thank you and I just can’t come up with anything that is

even close to being appropriate.

What you have done for our son in just two short weeks

is nothing short of miraculous. I’m still in shock that you

have been able to transform him this much! You are

what we have been looking for since Justin was diagnosed

almost seven years ago. I’m not very religious,

but I thank God for you!

This picture literally brings tears to my eyes. Justin was so

proud CARRYING something by HIMSELF while WALK-

ING for the first time. In just two weeks he has gone from

not wanting to use his crutches at all to using just ONE!!!

We are so proud of him and so excited at his potential!

Conductive Education therapy has definitely been

worth it!!

We just can’t believe the difference with this past session.

I well up just thinking about how my SEVEN year

old son hasn’t crawled in days. I can’t begin to describe

what a big deal that is in our house! We just wish

we had heard about you years ago!!

EVERYONE should know about this opportunity and

the program you have running in Nova Scotia. You are

what we have been looking for these past 7 years. I

can’t believe that we happened upon you by chance!

You are so wonderful. You are professional, friendly and

perfect at balancing praise and direction with Justin.

I could literally spend all day saying wonderful things

about you. I have heard that everyone has an angel...

guess you are ours for Justin.

I was very impressed with your professionalism and

have confidence in your work. Thank you again for the

difference your program has made in our lives AL-

READY! We are excited at the possibilities for ongoing

sessions!!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Shannon Bower

March of Dimes Canada: who are we

and what do we do?

For more than 50 years, March of Dimes has been a trusted

name in communities across Canada. In the 1950s, we

formed a united movement in countless neighbourhoods

throughout North America to raise money one dime at a

time, to fund the development of a vaccine, and end the

devastation of polio.

Today, March of Dimes is the largest community-based

rehabilitation and advocacy organization for people with

physical disabilities. March of Dimes Canada provides

essential programs, services and resources across the

country to people with physical disabilities.

March of Dimes Canada is a registered national charity

that depends on support from individuals, corporations

and foundations.

March of Dimes Canada

10 Overlea Blvd.

Toronto, ON M4H 1A4

416-425-3463

www.marchofdimes.ca

Charitable Registration No. 879585214 RR0001

S O U T I O N S

“Justin was

so proud

carryinG

something

by himself

while

WalKinG

for the first

time.”

– shannon Bower,

Justin’s mother

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Justin Bower is just one of the participants in

Conductive Education ® , a program offered by

March of Dimes Canada. Raising funds to enable

other children like Justin to participate in the

program is one of the reasons we are asking kids

to make a difference.


Kids Can Make A Difference ® (KCMD)

is a disability and accessibility awareness program that

promotes inclusion through learning and understanding

the challenges facing people with physical disabilities.

KCMD is based on the Ontario Ministry of Education

Character Development Curriculum.

Each student will be given a learning journal and over the

course of four weeks will receive classroom instruction in

grades 4 - 6 and 7 - 8. The student learning journal provides

character vocabulary acquisition, inspirational profiles

from some well known Canadian and international figures

and exercises that lead to awareness and understanding.

Teachers will use a support guide for the lessons that will

guide students in classroom discussions and exercises.

KCMD is also a fundraising program. Money raised will be

used to provide:

● assistive devices, such as wheelchairs

● recreation programs

● peer support programs

● Conductive Education ®

How the program works

In addition to the learning journal, each student will receive

a fundraising kit that includes the collection envelope,

donation forms and some ideas on how to raise funds.

Over the four week period of the program, students will do

the classroom work and collect donations. At the end of

the four weeks, students will return their collection envelopes

to the school. The school that raises the most money will

recieve a $2,000 gift certificate to purchase books from

Tree House Press Inc.

GettinG your child started fundraisinG

● Your child should start by telling family members – parents,

guardians, grandparents, aunts and uncles – what they

have learned in the classroom and why they are

raising money.

● Help your child set a fundraising goal - $20, $50 or $100!

● Take a donation form to work and help your child reach

their target.

● Encourage your child to take their donation form with

them when they go to their place of worship and sports

activities.

You should encourage your child to make a list of people

for you to check. We do not recommend going door to

door in your neighbourhood unless an adult accompanies

the child.

Where does the money go?

March of Dimes Canada funds training conferences,

materials development, production and distribution to

more than 10,000 people across Canada. We appreciate

your support of your child’s participation in the Kids Can

Make A Difference ® program as they learn about disability

and accessibility issues, and help others with the funds

they raise.

Funds raised by children participating in the Kids Can Make

A Difference program will be used to provide a variety of

programs and services.

Assistive Devices

March of Dimes provides partial funding through the

Assistive Devices Program to more than 1,400 people a year

for the purchase and maintenance of equipment

such as:

● manual and motorized wheelchairs

● bath aids

● seating inserts and wheelchair cushions

● canes, crutches and walkers

● lifting equipment

● repairs to devices

● telephone answering aids

● adapted telephones

● call systems

We also work with our clients to connect them with other

funding sources, as well as available government and

community services.

Peer Support Groups

Peer support programs provide a safe and supportive

environment for social interaction and a chance for people

with similar experiences to share encouragement and

emotional support. Our groups also exist to educate,

provide programming, and help their members get back

into their communities and back into life.

Across Canada, March of Dimes provides national support

to the Post-Polio Program for people coping with the late

effects of polio and post-polio syndrome. Since 1955,

Canadians have been inoculated with a polio vaccine.

Those who suffer from post-polio syndrome contracted the

disease prior to the development of the vaccine.

Stroke Recovery is a national network of stroke survivors,

family and caregivers which provides post-recovery

encouragement together with education and awareness

programs.

Conductive Education ®

Conductive Education ® (CE) is offered only through March

of Dimes Canada. It is an innovative learning system that

merges the elements of education with rehabilitation. It

deals with the physical needs as well as the social and

psychological issues facing people of all ages with

neurological and physical conditions.

Conductive Education ® instructors (referred to as CE

Conductors) are specially trained instructors who work

with program participants to help them gain, or regain,

physical mobility and self-sufficiency, one small step at a

time. Unlike most medical or therapeutic models of

treatment, CE works to change the way people see their

own abilities, and to raise their awareness of the way their

body works.

The repeated process of setting and attaining small goals

helps develop independence and self-esteem, and

encourages participants to keep working.

Recreation and Integration Services

Leisure time and social activities are important in everyone’s

life. So is the support of friends and communities. Too often

there are barriers to recreational opportunities for those

living with disabilities. March of Dimes provides opportunities

to increase social and recreational experiences for adults

with physical disabilities.

Benefits of the proGram include:

● helps people overcome barriers to participation

● enhances community involvement

● creates lasting friendships

● improves quality of life

We know the importance of fun and play! Funding of these

services provides people with disabilities an opportunity to

socialize and have an adventure in a safe and supportive

environment

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