Thanks to Brent Page, president of Association for Conductive Education North America (ACENA,) The National Manager for Community Services Western Canada & Conductive Education March of Dimes Canada for sharing Andrea’s story. We are doing a series of articles in cooperation with Brent to bring greater focus on Conductive Education success stories, capabilities, and the future.
Andrea Luciani is a 25-year old young lady with Cerebral Palsy that has been with March of Dimes Conduction Education program since she was 6-years old. Her story is inspiring for anyone with any type of disability. In her own words….
“I was born with cerebral palsy and I assumed from a young age that my parents would always do everything for me. I never thought that someday I would grow up and live an independent life, despite my disability.
It’s Not Easy
“But, thanks to March of Dimes’ Conductive Education® (CE) Program, I have been able to turn my disabilities into abilities! I’ve been a part of the CE Program since I was 6 years old. I am now 25 years old and the climb hasn’t been easy. Cerebral palsy has affected all aspects of my life, including my…
- Posture, and
- My ability to do daily living activities independently.
Today, I like to use the word ABLE when it comes to my progress.
- I am able to sit down and get up independently.
- I am able to walk using single point canes.
- I am able to get from room to room on my own in my house.
- Every day, I focus on what I am able to do!
- The CE® Program has been instrumental in my life.
“The CE Program is designed specifically for people with neurological motor disorders and offers an alternative group setting approach to rehabilitation. CE didn’t just give me tools to help my mobility; it also provided me with a voice. Instead of my parents or others speaking on my behalf, I learned to advocate for my own needs. I may need special accommodations to aid in that process but I make sure I am heard!
“Thank you for supporters of CE! Because of your generosity, and my wonderful teachers at CE, I have grit!
I have learned to…
- Never give up, keep trying,
- Keep learning new ways to do something, and
- Always strive to conquer!
“If wonderful programs like CE did not exist due to lack of funding, many of my accomplishments would not have been possible. You have literally changed my life! I hope that CE can continue to have a profound and lasting effect on every participant’s life.”
The Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati teaches Conductive Education to children and adults to help them lead better, more independent lives. Conductive education is an intensive, multi-disciplinary approach to education, training, and development for individuals with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other motor challenges.