Dancing with Cerebral Palsy

What an inspiration for our little ones! Jerron Herman has done wonders with his movement ability, pushing past the doctor’s limitations for his body with CP.

“Jerron Herman is a powerful dancer using his cerebral palsy to lift up his choreography. As a professional dancer at Heidi Latsky Dance, Jerron is defying every expectation, creating performances that inspire others to keep moving.”

Jerron Herman is a powerful dancer using his cerebral palsy to lift up his choreography. As a professional dancer at Heidi Latsky Dance, Jerron is defying every expectation, creating performances that inspire others to keep moving.

Posted by Great Big Story on Thursday, 4 May 2017

BBC News

A beautiful video from BBC News, “Abandoned as a baby, meet 16-year-old Tjili who is deaf and has cerebral palsy – she is winning acclaim for her art.”

Tjili gives us at POPS Kids an amazing amount of inspiration! We love her dedication to trying everything and living a life without limitation. What a wonderful artist!

the 16-year-old girl winning international acclaim

Abandoned as a baby, meet 16-year-old Tjili who is deaf and has cerebral palsy – she is winning acclaim for her art.

Posted by BBC News on Friday, 28 April 2017

 

 


Boost Camp Winter Wonderland

Our friends at Conductive Education ~ Boost Camp have been serving their community with summer programs for many years. This week, they held their first “Winter Wonderland!” Despite the snowflakes and posters that adorn the classroom, these kids are doing so much more than “just chillin.”

Director/Conductor, Saskia Kramer explains, “When … the kids play hide and seek …even the experience of doing it for 10 minutes means a lot to them. They never get to stand up and dance with their friends and Boost is a place where they get to do all these things, without feeling bad about not running fast or dancing with a ladder or a cane. Without your support we would not be here… (it) means the world to these families.”

# I did good today!

 

Welcoming Saskia Kramer

A Pops Kids “shout out” to Saskia Kramer, the new BOOST Conductive Education Director. This past Thursday evening, United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay hosted a wonderful celebration of community at “Grapes and Gratitude.” For Saskia, it is a night of “fundraising 101” with raffle tickets in hand. Thank you to all of our friends and partners at UCPNB!

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Southern Wine and Spirits Charity Golf tournament 2016

Boost Camp Conductor Saskia Kramer with Devin Harville and his grandmother Michelle Merritt

Boost Camp Conductor-Saskia Kramer-Devin Harville with Grandmother-Michelle Merritt


Boost Camp participant Royce Avner with his parents Nick and Jessica

Boost Camp participant Royce Avner with his parents Nick and Jessica


Lifehouse resident Justin Tedford with Ursula Miller, POPS Kids

Lifehouse resident-Justin Tedford with Ursula Miller-PopsKids


Ursula Miller with original art work presented as a gift from UCPNB to honor her work as the founder of POPS Kids

Ursula Miller with original art work presented as a gift from UCPNB to honor her work as the founder of Popskids

A huge thank you for the photos by David Page

We love Molly Millan!

Beating college with a disability! From the Huffington post

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A wonderful article was shared on the Huffington post from Bryan Dooley, about disabilities in a University. Dooley shares his tips and tricks to navigating the hard career of an education. Losing the support system that you have during your k-12 education is always an adjustment.

Dooley talks about his struggles hiring a Personal Care Assistant while at University. Communication is always a key point in hiring someone to take care of you. “It is important for your PCA to really get to know you as a person and not just a job. They will be less likely to blow off their responsibility if they have a personal interest in you,” Dooley says.

Another important note that Dooley makes in his blog, is to have a social life while in college. The social aspect of college is one of the most important. Learn how to interact with other students, speak to your instructors, administrative staff, campus staff, and learn about people. Whether you are studying sociology or math, the interactions and relationships that you make while at university can lead to a bright future in your field. Of course, the curriculum is important too, but enjoy every moment learning about what is right in front of you nose.

If you are interested in applying for universities, I highly recommend reading this article to get an insight on Dooley’s great plan to be successful while at school.

Read the full blog here.