Educational Institutions

Conductive Education Center of Orlando Inc

  • Winter Park, FL
  • www.ceco.org

Mission Statement

The Conductive Education Center of Orlando(CECO) elevates the independence of individuals with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities through conductive education, a holistic individualized program incorporating physical, social and educational elements in a group setting.

Main Programs

  1. School Day Program
  2. Youngster Program
  3. Summer Camp
  4. Walking Challenge
  5. Adult Program
Service Areas

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Florida

CECO is proud to offer programming to individuals right here in our own backyard of Winter Park, FL as well throughout central Florida. In addition, CECO is proud of the fact that we have families from all aross the US join us for our programming.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2011

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Rosene Johnson

Keywords

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children with disabilities, disabilities, school, private school, children, Cerebral palsy, motor disabilities, conductive education, summer camp, CECO, education, youth,

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EIN

59-3711800

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Birth Defects (G20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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2015 AccomplishmentsHosted the first ever Technology Expo for persons with disabilities in conjunction with the Orlando Science Center.Hosted the largest ACENA (Association of Conductive Education in North America) Conference in the history of the organization. Which lead to the medical industry recognizing Conductive Education as a viable option for individuals with motor disabilities. Successfully piloted a part-time Adult Program with four adults. Entered into a successful partnership with Adventist University to officially offer a 4 year Conductive Education Degree as well as a 2 year certificate in Conductive Education. This program, in the future, will improve program margins by "home growing" Conductors in the US vs. bringing them here from Hungary.Received a two-year National Science Foundation grant to objectively quantify the progress of individuals that receive Conductive Education.Received public support for Conductive Education from Governor Rick Scott and former Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush.Successfully implemented CE training and Intern Programs. 2016 Goals Implement a full day adult program. Ensure and support the successful start to the National Science Foundation research project. Define mechanisms and/or strategies to ensure long-term sustainability of Conductive Education programs.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

School Day Program

The school day program at CECO incorporates a Conductive Education based program or an Occupational Therapy based program and a special education program. Classes have no more than 5 children and a one-to-one staff student ratio. Each student works to accomplish individual goals set by their IEP. The children are constantly stimulated throughout the entire day with self care skill training, motor skill building, sensory processing and group and individual educational activities. The instructors adapt unique lessons to address the needs, goals and abilities of each student.

Category

Health Care, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$500,000.00

Program 2

Youngster Program

This program is uniquely designed for children age 6 months to 3 years with any motor delay. The program incorporates the parents and specializes in young child development as well as parent education. Early intervention is essential for children with motor delays to reach developmental milestones, and this program is designed to provide both parent and child with the tools to meet those milestones. There is a strong emphasis on the senses, concentration, mobility, positioning, manipulation skills, intellectual and emotional development and speech.

Category

Health Care, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 3

Summer Camp

CECO's annual Summer Camp is an intensive Conductive Education program with a focus on increasing physical and social independence. The daily routine includes programs to develop gross motor, fine motor and self care skills. The camp features a one-to-one staff student ratio, and challenges campers to become more independent. Students from around the world join us for this great program that is held for 5 hours Monday - Friday, in 2, 4-week periods.

Category

Health Care, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 4

Walking Challenge

The Walking Challenge Program is a program for students who attend public school during that day, but require Conductive Education to help them develop to their physical and cognitive potential. The Walking Challenge focuses primarily on long-term physical independence (daily skills such as feeding and using the potty) and developmental goals. This program is an extension of the child's developmental plan from their teacher's IEP goals, the OT, PT and other developmental professional's plans for the child. Walking Challenge ensures that the students are maintaining their skills, and moving to the next level of independence.

Category

Health Care, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$75,000.00

Program 5

Adult Program

The Adult Program addresses the unmet rehabilitative, education and self-sufficiency needs of adults with various physical and cognitive disabilities. This program prepares them for other social and community environments and assists them in gaining independent living skills. In addition, it also helps the individual to maintain good health and well being.

Category

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our ultimate goal is to provide the greatest independence to individuals that have Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities. We accomplish this goal through the use of conductive education which is an integrated educational and physical movement approach. The individuals that attend our programs work hours through repetitive and purposeful movements to achieve each of their independent success. Every family that has been involved in CECO has realized a success that they were told would never happen for their child or young adult...we truly are transforming their lives. Our goal also is to provide and use conductive education in every way to enhance all those in our community including young adults and aging adults that have Cerebral Palsy, MS, Parkinson's and other diseases that affect the motor abilities. A pilot program began in the fall of 2015 and a full day program is slated to begin in 2018. CECO would also like to be the leader in conductive education in the United States. We have a foothold here by having the largest CE day school in the states. We hosted the 2016 ACENA Conference that will provided many professions such as educators, physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists and many more with the appropriate information on conductive education. We are planning our second annual Make it Possible Abilities Technology Expo in conjunction with the Orlando Science Center, Walt Disney World Corporation, University of Central Florida and Florida Institute of Technology. We look forward to expanding this event to showcase the best and brightest innovations in technology to further develop the independence of those with disabilities.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Through the collaboration with many other organizations within our community, we are directly helping students for assisting them determine what is the optimal program that will assist their personalized growth. We are involved with Early Steps as a resource for their families that have motor disabilities and to provide each child hope. We are also working on developing consistent relationships with all the local hospitals and doctors to create awareness for their patients. One of the biggest obstacles that we have is awareness therefore this is the targeted area that can give families the opportunity to learn more about CECO early on in the diagnosis process. To achieve the set forth goals we have many initiatives that will begin in 2016. We are excited that our Virtual Reality research project has been approved by the National Science Foundation and will begin in October 2016. This project has far reaching implications to bring greater credibility to conductive education, connect and educate related disciplines to the methodology, and offer opportunities for educational products and tools that could be developed as an additional revenue stream for the organization.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Through the many relationships that have been established within the Central Florida community CECO has flourished and will continue to do so. The Board of Directors are all highly engaged and involved in many aspects of the organization including assisting with developing new relationships and maintaining the current ones. The community resources have been extremely supportive and have continued, over years, to stay committed to the mission of CECO.The organization itself has a strong core team that works tirelessly to advocate and constantly improve programs, awareness and funding. The professional staff are all experts in their respective field, which drives all aspects of the organization to the next level and the one above that...always working to advance the mission to more families and the community. CECO has great relationships with community organizations including but not limited to: Winter Park Construction DePrince, Race and Zollo DiPasqua Enterprises Bayer Healthcare Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Universal Orlando Foundation CarMax Foundation Burnett Foundation BB&T PepsiCo RVR Consulting Orlando Science Center Adventist University Brighthouse Networks Walt Disney World Corporation Galloway Foundation
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    CECO is looking to begin a research project to objectively measure the conductive education outcomes. This will be one major measurement that will provide the true data that our families, the children, our supporters, our staff and our community already are aware of.In the interim, each child is provided an assessment at the beginning of each program and a specific Individual Goal Plan (IGP) is created for them. They are given very specific goals and objectives to provide the Conductor and ESE Teachers to assist them in becoming more independent. The IGP's are reviewed quarterly and discussed with parents. These IGP's become the basis for outcome data that tracks student achievement, improvement in particular education domains, improvement in self-care skills, and parent efficacy and behavior. Our greatest indicator of success will be the achievement of goals laid out in our strategic plan. The Board of Directors (BOD) meet bi-monthly to oversee our strategic plan. Each meeting, aspects of the strategic plan are reviewed and discussed to assure that implementation is continuing and moving forward at the scheduled pace. This also provided our Board and Executive Director the opportunity to adapt the plan as needed to account for new external factors and/or opportunities that may arise.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    There are always ways that we want to progress but are limited due to varying factors. One progression that would be of great importance and would provide more families information about the benefits of conductive education, would be a strong relationship with the public school districts in the Central Florida area. These relationships could provide some of the students that have motor disabilities the opportunity to attend CECO's after school Walking Challenge Program so that they can work on their physical abilities and improve their independence. This would also provide the thousands of families the knowledge of CECO's Youngster Program that is available to be a resource to families and assist them with the appropriate developmental milestones that their child should be meeting.CECO has been successful in the event fundraising side of the finances and is working hard to create more individual relationships and transfer the transactional donations to more philanthropic donations and support. This is an everyday process that is slowly progressing and evolving to create sustainable donor support. CECO is also evaluating the profit margins of each program to create the sustainability of all aspects of the organization. Due to the overall costs of this very unique method of education, constant determination of the optimal ratio and program growth is of utmost importance. A key development has been the creation of a Bachelor's Degree training program for conductive education with Adventist University. We have the ability to expand the profession of conductive education and develop conductor-teachers here in the United States, reducing costs associated with the necessity to employ international staff members.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

CECO is proud to offer programming to individuals right here in our own backyard of Winter Park, FL as well throughout central Florida. In addition, CECO is proud of the fact that we have families from all aross the US join us for our programming.

Funding Needs

1. Capital improvements to continue developing our adult program. We are in the midst of developing Florida's first full day adult conductive education program, and with key partners, we expect to start the program in 2018. We estimate the cost of these improvements at $500,000. 2. Scholarship program for our school day students. Annually we subsidize $450,000 in scholarships to support the students that attend the program due to the limited resource population that we serve. 3. Professional and Career Development through our Bachelor's Degree Program with Adventist University and internship training program. Funding will support financial aid for eligible students that are enrolled in the program. We estimate these costs at $50,000 annually. 4. Expand our Board of Directors to include respected professionals in the health insurance, education, advocacy and government fields. 5. Funding to support a formal implementation of our marketing plan to increase awareness and greater credibility for conductive education and help for individuals with cerebral palsy. Through funding of these initiatives, CECO will be able to continue to grow and expand to become the leader in Conductive Education in the US.

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CONDUCTIVE EDUCATION CENTER OF ORLANDO INC
Fiscal year: Aug 01-Jul 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Conductive Education Center of Orlando Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Rosene Johnson

BIO

Rosene Johnson joins the program with over 11 years of experience in directing and leading educational non-profit programs. Ms. Johnson started her career as a faculty member in the College of Human Ecology at Michigan State University. During her tenure she developed and managed community programs, including the nationally recognized Building Strong Families home visiting parent education program. She then became the Executive Director of Spartan Child Development Center, Michigan State University's child development program for children birth through six years old. As the director, Ms. Johnson was responsible for all programmatic, administrative and financial components of the program. During her leadership, Spartan was recognized locally, statewide and nationally, including special remarks from President Barack Obama, for it's excellence in education and administration. Ms. Johnson also led the Center to it's first national accrediation in 10 years through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She brings her experience in administration, program development and education to CECO this fall with plans to grow the school in the next 3 years to include a new building, increase in staff and expansion of the programs donor base.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO) is a center passionate about transforming the lives of individuals with motor disabilities. Each day, our students are afforded the opportunity to reach and pursue their greatest potential through the unique learning approach of conductive education—a holistic, integrated program combining physical, academic and social methods. CECO believes that no child (or adult) should have to spend their day in a wheelchair and through innovative and intense strategies, we have been making this a reality for thousands of individuals across the globe for the past fifteen years.pasting"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joe Raymond Jr.

RVR Consulting

Term: Jan 2014 - Aug 2017

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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