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.
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.”
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!
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.
For everyone, getting up and going to the gym can be a difficult task. We make excuses, we don’t have time, we don’t have the energy, or we just don’t like it. But being active is the healthiest way for us as humans to get more energy and to be able to do more! Physical activity is really important and can be really fun.
Struggling with CP or any disability can be an easy way to rule out physical activity in general. But that is why POPS provides scholarships to children to attend BOOST Camp and other programs to help them get up and move!
“A recent survey by Parallel London showed that 83% of disabled people would like to be more active and take part in more physical activity. But of these, 69% felt that they faced barriers in doing so.”
We want to help you push those barriers away and go for it! Walk or wheel your way to the finish line at Parallel London’s run, it seems difficult and daunting, but remember there will be people around the world supporting you and inspiring you! Or log on your computer and be the support team for your friends.
Wether you get the chance to participate in the Parallel London run or not, there are always some great training tips from these athletes. Check out what Sophie Morgan has to say:
“Sophie Morgan’s training tips
Think about what you CAN do, not what you CAN’T do.
Find a fitness routine that works for your body, no one else’s.
Set yourself a weekly or monthly fitness goal and break it down into daily tasks.
Put some of your favourite dance music on, it really will get you motivated!
Eat healthy and balanced meals to compliment your exercise routine – you need the right fuel!”
Let me just say that February was an awesome month. Yes, I know it is the month of love with Valentine’s Day and all, but this year we had some special moments for our work to help movement disability.
Let’s start with the Grammy’s and Stevie Wonder’s great joke “You can’t read it, you can’t read braille. Nananananana.” This was such a fun and strong request for equality. Everything should be accessible for everyone. The best part of Wonder’s joke was that it caused such a roar in the media, drawing attention of billions for the plea of understanding disabled people. We have to recognize the challenges that the disabled face on a daily basis and should not ever forget that basic tasks are not basic for everyone. And the Grammy’s was definitely a great place to bring that light to the world. Read More on Hollywood Life.
And after the Grammy’s we got this awesome new clothing line by Tommy Hilfiger that is easier to dress and use for children with movement disability. Definitely a great thing for some of our POPS Kids! Check out the shop. According to the brand’s website, the line is “a very special collection addressing the challenges the differently-abled community faces each day when getting dressed.” It was developed by Mindy Scheier in partnership with the Non-profit Runway of Dreams.
And New York Fashion week is taking a great step forward by having an entire catwalk of models with disabilities. The pictures are stunning. Daily Mail UK made an excellent article here. Hopefully Tommy Hilfiger can make that suit set soon!