Sunday, 29 December 2013

LARGE-SCALE LINE IN HONG KONG

Applicable in smaller scales too

In October the Government of Hong Kong invited bids for a big project with an annual subvention of 3.7 million Euros. Following stiff competition from a number of NGOs, it has just been announced that the contract has been awarded to SAHK.

The successful bid will involve a district-based team of 20 therapists, 10 nurses, 10 social workers and over 100 supporting staff, providing home-based outreach services for people with severe disabilities and their families to prevent premature and unnecessary institutionalisation. The pilot scheme of the Home Care Service will be completed in Feb 2014:


In Israel and Germany: analogies?

In Israel Tsad Kadima has recently been successful in its competitive bid to run a day-care centre for adults with cerebral palsy, with CE embedded at its heart rather than being the identifying public focus of the provision*. 

Meanwhile in Germany, InBestForm for adults and the integrated Kindergarten now running in Nürnberg, plus Rosenheim's reverse-inclusion school just opened, perhaps also represent something of the same harmonious way of introducing conduction into regular social provision, rather than through the more common stance of 'a CE centre'.

Perhaps this is no more that just stretched comparison, or at most coincidence. Just maybe, however, all three do reflect something emerging into the Zeitgeist, or perhaps a holistic way, or both.

Tao 

In Hong Kong, anyway, there is nothing qualitatively new here.

Some people in the West, especially so in Conductive Education, do like a pinch of Oriental philosophy to spice their thinking. Here is something fairly fundamental from Laozi, 
道生萬物萬物歸一
In English. this means something like –
The Tao (the way, the path, the principle, the underlying natural order of the universe) generates everything, and everything comes back to one thing.
Or put it another way, 'All is one and all things are connected'. 

People in Conductive Education like to evoke such thoughts at the level of practice. SAHK has sought to implement and practise them at the organisational level. Sounds worth exploring further.

Footnote on the Israeli project

Tsad Kadima's successful bid to the Ministry of Welfare was announced in July of this year but as far as I know the project not yet publicly documented. The centre will aim to offer a conductive lifestyle throughout life to people with cerebral palsy and their families, with the acknowledgement of the Israeli Ministries of Education, Health and Welfare. The long evolution of this project began with parents of adults with cerebral palsy as the main but not only pressure group, who demanding that the Ministry of Welfare should open a day- care centre for those turned twenty-one years (the leaving age for special education under Israeli law). About a year ago, the Welfare Ministry invited bids, and Tsad Kadima applied among other organisations. 

The further parallel with Hong Kong, success within the context of open, competitive application, is interesting.

References

(2013) Ganztagskonzept und Kooperation an der Privaten Grundschule Oberaudorf-Inntal, Rosenheim, FortSchritt Rosenheim, February

Hong Kong Social Welfare Department (2013) Pilot Scheme on Home Care Service for Persons with Severe Disabilities,

Mallet, S. (2013) The World Congress for Conductive Education 2013 – Abstract Two, Conductor, 15 July

Sutton, A (2013) 授人以鱼,不如授之以渔. Thanks for all the fish, Conductive World, 15 July 2013

http://www.conductive-world.info/2013/07/1.html


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