Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Major conferences on cerebral palsy

Wot, no Conductive Education?

If your interest in Conductive Education overlaps with an interest in the cerebral palsies then there are a number of big conferences coming up.

From myth to evidence

Vilnius, Lithuania
3-6 June 2009

Twenty-first annual meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability.

This is intended to promote collaborations between countries of Eastern and Western Europe in the field of developmental disorders. Organisers would like to encourage presentations on different therapies and different models of rehabilitartion systems in Europe.


I do not recognise the names of any of the main speakers, nor does CE feature among the conference's ‘instructional morning courses’.

The date for submitting further abstracts has passed. Maybe Conductive Education is not moving from myth to evidence.

Frontiers of innovation: combining technology and therapy to improve outcomes

23-26 September 2009
Phoenix, Arizona

Sixty-third Annual Meeting of the AACPDM (American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine).

Given that Conductive Education is often construes as ‘a therapy’ in the United Stataes. And that many, many conductors are concerned to express their modernity through the adoption of all sorts of technologies, then you might be interested in the representation of CE at this major gathering:


The general programme suggests that Conductive Education may not be penetrating frontiers of innovation, as far as Arizona is concerened. Deadline for on-line abstract submission was in January. The preliminary programme will be published in June.

A global status quo on cerebral palsy, with a view to the future

5 - 7 November, 2009
Utrecht, Netherlands

Celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the ICPS (International Cerebral Palsy Society), the thirty-fifth anniversary of the cerebral palsy working party of BOSK (the Dutch association for motor-handicapped and their parents) and the fifth anniversary of the Dutch ACD (Dutch Academy of Childhood Disabilities)

I cannot find a website for this joint celebration, but if you would like to know more, contact johannes@bosk.nl

I can find enough though to know that as a conference this one looks like amazingly good value for money. I can also see that Conductive Education seems to merit no mention in this Dutch vision of the future. You might wish to submit something to the above email address, to make sure that gets one.

An open-minded approach to therapeutic options

13-16 October 2010
Ljublijana, Slovenija

The eighth international congress on cerebral palsy

Plenty of leeway here to get something appropriate prepared and submitted submitted, and you couldn’t find a more appropriate conference title.

No website as yet but address preliminary enquiries to milivoj.velickovic@mf.uni-lj.si

I have no way of knowing whether Conductive Education will be raising its head to show how open-minded it now is, but the call for papers is still open. You might wish to submit something to then above email address, to make sure that it does.

What can one say?

Should one draw any conclusions at all from the above, all of which emerged in this morning’s post followed by a hurried check of the Internet to see what I might be missing.

I am reminded of the jolly little Hungarian ditty, Hol vagtok Szekelyek?. Hear it, and see the words, in English and Hungarian:


(you may also find some rather more revanchish reditions on YouTube)

I’m not blaming solely ‘the Hungarians’ for the present situation (though there is responsibility to be shared out here too). Twenty years of internationalisation means that there is unavoidable responsibility to be born around the world by the conductive movement as a whole, not just Hungarians and certainly not just conductors.

I think that Hol vagtok Szekelyek? is a nice tune but I deprecate what I see as the resigned, passive and defeatist message of the words. If ever there was a time to fight back, this is it. Just one arena in which this could be begun is the conferences of others.


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