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OMYF Community Spotlight: Conductive Education Center of Orlando

By Josh Cohen
September 15, 2011


ORLANDO - After experimenting 10 years ago with an innovative augmentation program for their son Joseph who dealt with significant physical challenges, Joe and Vicky Raymond realized quickly they had found something extraordinary.

Conductive Education, a rehabilitation curriculum designed to enhance children and young adults with motor disabilities, proved to aid in Joseph’s limitations from cerebral palsy.

As a result of their success with the program, the Raymond’s decided to construct and cultivate a facility in Central Florida that could help thousands of other kids in the area who suffer from similar disabilities.

Along with the dedication from the Raymond’s and other administrators and conductors involved in the program, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation’s participation has also played a big role in the development of this marvelous curriculum.

Earlier this year, the OMYF, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF), granted $30,000 to the Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO) in Winter Park.

“The grant we received was fantastic,” said Tres Loch, the Interim Executive Director for CECO. “The assistance from the Magic has helped our kids reach maximum potential.”

CECO, which opened in 2001, is one of 19 Central Florida organizations that was presented a grant by the OMYF-MFF as a part of the Magic’s community outreach initiative. Over the last 21 years, the OMYF has distributed more than $16 million to local non-profit community organizations. The OMYF raises community dollars annually through donations, auctions and events such as the Black Tie and Tennies Gala and the OMYF Golf Tournament with matching funds at $0.50 on the dollar provided by the McCormick Foundation.

With this donation, CECO has been able to enhance its literary and technology apparatus to further progress their students. In fact, the facility used some of the money to buy iPads, which because of its easy-to-use touch screen helps children interact and react to things they see with their hands.

The school also was able to purchase specialized communication equipment to enable each student to interrelate and also repudiate anyone that is non-verbal from getting frustrated and discouraged.

“We want every student to reach their goals and show what they are capable of,” Loch said.

With dozens of young people enrolled in the program each year, CECO has already seen incredible results.

By gaining greater academic and physical capabilities, some of the students are working their way toward reentering the public school system.

To learn more about this program, please visit http://www.cecfl.org/. Also, to make a difference with a donation, visit omyf.org.