Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School

by CON NOSOTROS, A.C.
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Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
Send Children with Cerebral Palsy to School
School activities in March
School activities in March

During the second school semester, the work of our students shows the most significant progress. Academic adapted curriculum programs show their effectiveness and teachers give their best in this crucial period for learning. Students progress in math, reading and writing, fine motor skills. And of course they continue with the routines of Conducted Education.

Ekiwah Adler, a former student of the school, writer and cultural manager, offered the students and alumni of the school between 15 and 35 years old a poetry and janzu workshop called Creative Fire. The workshop was held free of charge on the school premises. The topics they worked on were sexuality and disability. It was very exciting to see Ekiwah and his team of collaborators work on the issues of emotional personal development for the stages of life when autonomy and sexuality become crucial in life with disabilities.

We also reorganized the students' outings to strengthen social skills: the celebration of the day of the child held on April 30, when they visited a shopping plaza with games and ate hamburgers together. The walk among the teenage students was also a great experience because they managed their own money and rehearsed their skills to manage their expenses.

In terms of linkage, we participate in the Social Development Council of the Municipality of Jiutepec in the field of Education and we participate in the Kilometer of reading. The school made the donation of books for the schools in Jiutepec. We have publications about Conducted Education and cerebral palsy. Thus, our participation in this event allows us to disseminate more about the subject and ensure that the care of children with CP can have better care.

With the same intention of improving the social conditions in which education and care is granted to people with cerebral palsy, the families delivered to the Governor of Morelos a letter so that the Rehabilitation and Special Education Center of the State of Morelos, included Conducted Education. It is necessary to attend to the more than five thousand children with cerebral palsy in our state of Morelos.

 

We celebrated mothers, teachers and fathers in a special way during May and June. The moms had a surprise Zumba class and a special breakfast where their children cooked on May 10. The teachers received gifts from their students and a lunch prepared by the boys' mothers. Teachers and students worked to send parents a Luch of love, as it was difficult for them to attend school. Recognizing the work of family accompaniment and the role of our teachers is very important for our School.

Taking into account that we need to strengthen the management of resources for the operation and growth of the School, families participate committedly in it. A family donated a tableware and a set of refractory molds to make a raffle. Teachers and family members participated.

We now share with you a beautiful story of philanthropy: an 8-year-old girl, who lives in the United States and cousin of a student of the school, proposed to her group of Girl Scouts to dedicate a sale of cookies to support her cousin's school. It was a remote donation, filled with the hearts of little girls anonymous but forever present in our thoughts. . It should be noted that this donation traveled to the GlobalGiving platform, being the best medium chosen by donors. In addition to financial resources, we know that we got the beautiful feeling of working together, even united in the distance to hundreds of anonymous donors.

Today we want to thank the will and union of all those who make up the GlobalGiving team, the scout girls, their families and all the people who with a grain of sand, support the Educational Center of Con Nosotros to continue being the space where we see play, grow, have fun, learn to mature with the condition of life that means the neuromotor disability to our students.

Life goes on and we are all fortunately part of it. Thank you for thinking differently, thank you for thinking with us, Con nosotros.

School activities in March
School activities in March
School activities in March
School activities in March
School activities in March
School activities in March
Friends in preschool
Friends in preschool
Exercising the walk
Exercising the walk
Complete dedication
Complete dedication
Working in a group
Working in a group
Visit to children's games per child's day
Visit to children's games per child's day

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Recreational and recreational activities
Recreational and recreational activities

By the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022, the challenge was now to maintain our hybrid model with the intermittent absences of all students and teachers due to COVID Omnicron infections. All the students and teachers as well as the administrative staff got our two doses of vaccines. However, when the winter season arrives, 80% of those who make up Con Nosotros have been infected by COVID Omnicron.  Therefore, it was very difficult to maintain consistency in face-to-face classes, turning some weeks into 100% virtual. The important thing is the mutual support that we all receive, which reminds us that we are always in a community in which children can appreciate along the way, the importance of sustaining goals as a team. 

It is a good time to share with you that as a firm purpose in the face of the crisis of the pandemic, in our school a slogan was privileged: No one is left without studying and No one is left without work. This has meant a monumental financial effort for our donors, which we will always be grateful for.

On the other hand, in January 2022, one of our founders decided to orient her path differently. Roy who lives with neuromotor disability as a condition of life, grew up in Con Nosotros was a student of Con Nosotros, now at 30 years of age, together with his mother, they began a business adventure. Congratulations on your retirement dear Leader! Much success in your projects! 

Also in January we launched the call for the Volunteer Program. University students who have done social service or professional practices, state that their learning is integral and their experience infects their friends. They made the suggestion to open the doors to other people in the school as volunteers. To date, two people will start a semester of volunteering, coinciding with the school year. Welcome! 

The students of Psychology of La Salle University held a Socio-Emotional Workshop with the students of Con Nosotros. As the University gave the instruction that professional practices should be virtual, it was interesting for the children to realize that even in their school they could learn remotely or virtually with other teachers. The Virtual Network becomes infinite and is presented as a mystery in the minds of children. 

The continuity of the school year invites us to hold celebrations for the festive seasons. The Day of the Dead, where allusive costumes were a challenge to the imagination in November. The Christmas holidays were a pretext to emphasize the work of crafts exercising fine motor skills by making piñatas and Christmas decorations. Of course, we made the traditional Christmas inn at school and a greeting card for all our friends. 

Valentine's Day, allows us to touch on the theme of friendship and companionship. Our students enjoy living together in school, feeling more autonomous, learning. Just as every childhood requires, they grow up surrounded by their peers in ages and opportunities. This is the best gift we can offer. Thank you for thinking differently, for thinking Con Nosotros! 

Overcoming barriers to school activity
Overcoming barriers to school activity
Pinatas are a Mexican tradition
Pinatas are a Mexican tradition
Crafts for the celebration of Christmas holidays
Crafts for the celebration of Christmas holidays
Bedtime routine
Bedtime routine

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Return to face-to-face classes
Return to face-to-face classes

The changes continue

During the closing of the school year in June of this year, one of our dear students finished elementary school. The family decided to take him to start his high school in an inclusive school. We are proud to know that our student will face challenges that we know will show great achievements. We extend recognition to his parents for the support they have always shown as a family. We include in this report a link to the final work that our student presented and the video that his teachers sent for his graduation online.

Start of the 2021 and 2021 school year

The school year began with the hybrid format, that is, some students attend school and others take their face-to-face classes. Two multigrade groups were formed that allow for a more efficient work role in this combination of face-to-face and virtual. Conductive Education routines and exercises are carried out at school, so the time came when families brought back to the facilities the equipment and furniture that was loaned to facilitate CE routines at home.

All School personnel have been vaccinated against COVID 19, families have also entered the vaccination scheme. Students over 18 years of age are covering their vaccination schedule and some other students have sought the vaccine at a time when government institutions have called for vaccination for people with disabilities. A health filter was structured and an infographic has been released with all the actions that are necessary for us to continue with the care required by the COVID 19 epidemic.

Thus, the School of Conducted Education continues. With academic programs following the school calendar, civic festivities have been held in September to remember the value of our independence as a nation, in October to commemorate the importance of multiculturalism. We try that the integration to the new routines benefit the mood of the students. Because as humans, those who come face-to-face feel happy and afraid. Those who stay virtual would like to go out.

As part of the linking activities we have prepared a series of conferences in the format of a virtual Forum on FB Live as part of the activities resulting from our participation in the State Council for Disability Care coordinated by the Government of the State of Morelos.

In the new adaptation process in which we can discover the enormous advantages of any system that we have at hand, because the most important thing is the Will to learn and to give meaning to life, to achieve happiness.

This was mentioned by the students when talking about their rights in a video that they prepared to broadcast on World Cerebral Palsy Day. The students in the foreground, that in the way that we consider most pertinent to be able to make our postulates as a school a reality regarding social inclusion. Thank you for thinking differently, for thinking Con Nosotros!

Health Protocol Infographic
Health Protocol Infographic
Welcome poster
Welcome poster
Preschool group
Preschool group
Conductive Education Program
Conductive Education Program
Laying Program
Laying Program
National Holidays September
National Holidays September
Multicultural Party
Multicultural Party
Learning by playing
Learning by playing
Forum on Disability and Inclusion
Forum on Disability and Inclusion
Supporting Conductive Education routines
Supporting Conductive Education routines

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Playful session in school hybrid model
Playful session in school hybrid model

Consistency is the key to achieving meaningful achievements. In this school year in which the vast majority of students in the world have taken virtual classes, the same perseverance has become a greater challenge, seeing ourselves deprived of what we were used to.

This report relates the continuity process from January to June 2021 and closes a school year at the School of Conducted Education of Con Nosotros. Here we will narrate how perseverance brought us all achievements that are worth sharing.

Our students, who are children living with cerebral palsy as a condition, have learned to use technology to communicate and do their school work.

In this school year, the students were accompanied by their families and we used technology to continue with their movement-enabling routines in virtual programs. These virtual programs of Conducted Education were designed and directed by the teachers of the school via remote control and the family members became the facilitators of this exercise to strengthen the movement. Children are growing and require each time a different and more complex support, due to its novelty. It is a success to have avoided extreme sedentarization by abandoning the progress made in recent years. It is a success to finish a school year in which you can refer to academic progress.

It is worth highlighting the great collaborative work carried out by the Con Nosotros team during Little by Little's fundraising campaign in March 2021. The activities that we carry out in the school were screened all week on Facebook live, inviting people to donate in GlobalGiving platform. Thank you very much for your donations. 

In April the Secretary of Public Education authorized the partial opening of schools for the last school term: April, May and June. Following this parameter, the academic team designed a hybrid program in which face-to-face and virtual activities would be carried out. The students were divided into two groups. The face-to-face activities were planned as recreational activities and are carried out once a week: group A comes on Monday, preschool and primary school students; Group B attends on Tuesday, high school students. Only five students make up these groups since, as it is an optional activity, not all took this opportunity. The aim of this one-day-a-week school activity is to promote and improve the attitude and mood of the school members.

We all want your presence, greeting and joint work. We install a sanitary filter and all students are accompanied by a family member, as the activities include swimming and yoga. The team of teachers is also small, and it was agreed that it should be only fifty percent. We have all enjoyed it immensely!

This playful day includes an activity for families, either for coexistence or workshops for learning some techniques to facilitate the inclusion of their infants in the activities of daily life. This strengthens the integration and participation achieved virtually. It's fantastic!

In addition to these face-to-face recreational activities, the following days of the week continue with the academic programs virtually at home. There are only three weeks left until the end of the school year and we are preparing the primary graduation of a student who has been in school since childhood. And a little student finishes his cycle in preschool. Life is satisfying when constancy is motivated by will.

I would call the School of Conducted Education the School of the Will in motion. Thanks to the efforts of teachers, students, administrators, volunteers, advisors. Thanks to all of your solidarity donors. Thank you for thinking differently, for thinking Con Nosotros!

Yoga session for teens
Yoga session for teens
Academic session for high school
Academic session for high school
Special swimming for preschool
Special swimming for preschool
Special swimming for teenagers
Special swimming for teenagers
Mothers of the family in Yoga session
Mothers of the family in Yoga session
Mothers learning integration techniques at home
Mothers learning integration techniques at home
Pupil participating at home in activities of daily
Pupil participating at home in activities of daily
Family Mothers in Relaxing Yoga Session
Family Mothers in Relaxing Yoga Session
Sanitary filter to enter the hybrid school program
Sanitary filter to enter the hybrid school program

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Mexican traditions from home
Mexican traditions from home

There was a time when society acted as if it had the right to abandon, forget, deny and look pitying at people with cerebral palsy. Nonconforming, as a society we seek humanity among ourselves. Since its inception in 2001, the School of Conducted Education has maintained a task to contact, accompany, monitor learning and educational routines for children and youth with Cerebral Palsy. During the pandemic, the school's priority was for students at the ConNosotros Educational Center to continue in activities that strengthen them for their processes of motor, cognitive, and social physical development. During confinement, students with cerebral palsy at our school have gained from being present in life, despite the disability they live in. We made every effort to ensure that everyone had an instrument of connectivity and access to data to prepare for their zoom sessions, remote connectivity to continue the school. We resort to tablet loans, data purchases, direct advice to families, assembly of special furniture for education conducted for each child in their home, activities where with due precautions, they were carried out by the team of teachers. Some families got support from neighbors, family, and friends to connect, getting tablets, laptops, or cell phones on loans. Two teachers visited families who struggled to open sessions, place the device, operate the microphone and zoom room camera, among other situations, as remote connectivity requires necessary technical knowledge that is sometimes very new knowledge for many adults (students and family members) at school. On the other hand, with the necessary permanence and presence of relatives we have achieved that the formation of families and connectivity for 95% of students. We still have two families who, due to work schedule issues, have found it difficult to maintain their children's connection and we are looking for a possible way. The School of ConNosotros carried out a very important event assigning to the loan to each family a set of furniture and special instruments to carry out the routines of education conducted Furniture Peto. This fact allowed us to achieve the following achievement: families have been intensely involved in facilitating the learning of targeted education, a very specific model of work. The Association Council also made a financial effort, because free-zoom sessions only last an hour and families had to re-enter, causing chaos. The Council of the association decided to acquire a zoom domain for ConNosotros and all the inherent activities. The sessions are now two to three hours a day. All students gather in the zoom portal, recognizing themselves as school members and the teacher who manages divides groups by school grades. Each teacher works and then joint activities are carried out. A new way of living together has begun. It is important to note that we are a civil association that maintains contact with government authorities for special education in the state of Morelos. And at the last meeting we realized that we are the only school that has daily sessions with its students, talking about students who follow special education programs. 2020 has been declared a year of great challenges. Acts of presence. Because of the social estinement we have not managed to carry out extracurricular activities. However, imagination and the desire to open the world to new perspectives through Education Conducted do not stop. We program and carry out a series of weekly Webinars in which we invite specialists, participated the teachers, students and friends of Con Nosotros, analyzing various processes in which the association has participated: art, theater, inclusive education, all as part of the model of Education Conducted as axis. These webinars were conducted via Zoom and broadcast on Facebook Live, thus making an appearance at the commemorations of World Disability Day and World Cerebral Palsy Day. We participated in the December Giving Tuesday donation campaign, which allowed the team to join on a day of constant presence through social media. With a program of activities teachers, students and friends of Con Nosotros, we were present encouraging to make donations through social networks. Donations came slowly, but it was exciting to admire the coordinated work and will that everyone added up to. We also perform the raffle of a TV Screen to get resources. The School needs everyone's support to continue. In Con Nosotros, A.C., many efforts have been made to ensure that the word learning takes on new and very satisfactory dimensions. Thank you for thinking differently, for thinking ConNosotros!

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Location: JIUTEPEC, MORELOS - Mexico
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Maria del Rosio Garcia
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