Thursday, 15 November 2012


(And the railways were playing up)
To Sheffield, well actually, to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (somewhere in the centre of the Desolation of Smaug) to attend Paces' seminar for representatives of CE-providing organisations in England.
Not a bad turn-out on the day, with 16 people turning out, from 12 organisations.

A good mix of folk, some usual suspects but some new faces too. Nobody from the state sector. Four conductors.

They were there for a free and open-ended discussion of the present and future of CE in England. Nothing terribly new to say (with one exception, below) but we are entering a new world and it all merits saying one more time (if only if not to have to hear some of it again).
A momentum, however, seems to have been established with several establishments seeming eager to set up further meetings in the NewYear.
Quo vadis?
Where is it headed? Who knows?. As of today, one may say that several CE service-providers have determined to continue meeting to examine the possibilities of creating a consortium, and to see where this might lead.
(NB This is not the first exercise in creating an informal association of CE-organisations in the UK – on the previous example of which, 'nuff said).
An interesting model
Joe Mawdesley of Rainbow House proposed an interesting notion, one that set me thinking. As I understood it, and I may have mistaken her words, she proposed that, in keeping with the spirit of the times, at least as now expressed by policy- and decision-makers in the UK, it would help Conductive Education no end it it were to begin expressing its outcomes in terms of its contribution to systemic social benefits.
These include social benefit at the secondary and even tertiary levels, and they involve not simply outcomes in human terms, such as family-functioning (and dysfunction), education, housing, health care, well-being and 'mental heath' but also – and here's the rub – considerable financial savings.
The congruity of this model with the psycho-social way of construing disability manifest in the practice of Conductive Eduction is immediate apparent.
A top-down social-benefit analysis, as I understand it, could point to a crying need for a radical reconceptualisation of motor-disorder that CE is well-placed to step forward to help fill. It also, of course, requires a radical rearticulation of the message that Conductive Education gives out to the world, and perhaps a much more flexible approach to service- provision.
Perhaps one will hear more. Thank you, Joe.


Anonymous Sue OReilly said...

Interesting proposal. May I just say that this is one of the major reasons we succeeded in the campaign for a National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia - by emphasising the longer term savings (vast) as opposed to the shorter term costs (also vast, but less) by enabling people to be more independent, need less help, go out to work and pay taxes etc. This approach also seriously appeals/ed to "people with disability", as the various disability lobbyists term themselves, as of course this approach emphasises that they want to be as independent and as able as possible in order to contribute to society (which they do), not just sit around being helplessly dependent for their whole lives. So yes - emphasisie the cost benefits of CE by all means!

Friday, 16 November 2012 at 09:58:00 GMT  
Blogger James Forliti - Blue's Dad. said...

The argument for CE being more cost-effective is undoubtedly a wonderful fact; especially with the subsequent positive impact it brings on the next "levels." Come to think of it, its greater affordability (coupled with its powerful common sense results)is what allowed us to get started in the first place.
As for forming a provincial CE organization; that for us, was much more difficult to do. Many parents - why is always and only the parents - just cannot put in the time. Still, a visible group with a clear voice would really help things along.

Saturday, 17 November 2012 at 16:52:00 GMT  

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