Tuesday, 5 March 2013

GERMAN PIONEER SHORTLISTED FOR AWARD

CE and inclusion come together

Anita Moos Hlavacek of the Disabled People's Association of Nuremberg, Germany is one of three nominees through to the final round of the Women of the Future Award of the magazine Emotion, in the category 'Women in Management'.

Anna Souksengphet-Dachlauer presents the case –
Frau Moos Hlavacek has been involved with the Association for People with Physical Disabilities in Nuremberg since 1975. From 1995 she has been part of the Association's management, over which time the numbers of its staff and activities have almost doubled.
The Association now operates 20 different facilities for people with disabilities, from intensive counseling in infancy through to adulthood and care. Adults with physical and multiple disabilities have access to assisted living, and the association provides legal advice and assistance In addition, there are job opportunities and a workshop in Boxdorf to take people with disabilities out into the world of work and vocational training.
Early-intervention children are helped in five integrated kindergartens and three integrated nurseries, children help in Nuremberg, Erlangen and Treuchtlingen, and there is a group where special-education children group are enrolled to learn in an intensive and holistic way. Some of these have already made​the transition to mainstream schools and take part in classes with the help of staff of the Association's 'school companion' (Schulbegleiter) service
Inclusion in education is currently is all the rage in Germany. Mrs. Moss Hlavacek, however, had already begun this over ten years ago. At that time, the Nuremberg Association was an absolute pioneer with this option, and it took a lot of persuasion in discussions with funding agencies. Today, the Association employs more than 100 school companions and serves more than 50 schools in the Nuremberg area.
Expansion in the Association, its therapeutic facilities, and in integrated kindergartens and the use of Pető-style Conductive Education are to be credited to Frau Moos Hlavacek's merits. Following a restructuring of the organization, she was appointed in 2011 by the Board to be one of two full-time Directors...
Frau Moos Hlavacek set up for people with disabilities and has been involved for 20 years in establishment of Conductive Education in Germany. Conductive Education was established more than 60 years ago by Prof András Pető in Hungary, with the goal that those with physical and multiple disabilities should be in a position to participate actively in social life, through intensive and targeted upbringing.
The Conductive Education facility in Nürnberg-Boxdorf (www.konduktive-nuernberg.de was opened in 1995 and has been able to help many physically disabled children and adults (with for example stroke, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis). Soon, with other German colleagues Frau Moos Hlavacek with other colleagues from Germany founded a Bavarian Association and a German nation Federation. She is co-organizer of the 8th Conductive Education World Congress... another decisive initiative.
I admire Frau Moos Hlavacek's courage and foresight in the successful expansion of the Association's facilities, especially. expansion and creation of new facilities for the care of children with and without disabilities. … She has lived inclusion for many decades. Its main objective is always to help people with chronic disabilities to overcome the challenges associated with disability and to live independent lives. 
The Association motto 'We help from the Start' (Wir helfen von Anfang an) is indicative of Frau Moos's Hlavaceks decisions in everything. She has always focused on people's needs for assistance, listened to their concerns, problems and needs, and sought solutions, no matter what obstacles politicians and the insurance companies erect to block the way.
Frau Moos Hlavacek has been committed to the Association for People with Physical Disabilities in Nuremberg for nearly 40 years, far beyond the usual span. She gives unpaid overtime (sometimes up to 1000 hours per year) and is available for Association members at any time personally. For example, she is on call for residents of the Association's condominium to the the late evening hours. She always has an open ear. As soon as she appears in one of the many facilities of the Association, people call out 'Anita!' or 'Frau Moos!' and they welcome her.
She feels her job in the truest sense as a vocation, and is part of a family that has grown with the club, she is at one with the people with disabilities and their families and employees. This family has shaped the course of their work and taken care of them, full of warmth and modesty, under the motto from Erich Kästner, 'There is nothing good, unless you do it' (Es gibt nichts Gutes, außer man tut es'...
(Translated and abridged)

In the UK especially, CE has often found itself opposed by the inclusion movement – demonised even. In Germany the two innovations have ridden in together, to mutual advantage in the advancement of understandings and practice.


References

Souksengphet-Dachlauer, A. (2013) Anita Moos-Hlavacek, 60, Emotion

Sutton, A. (2012) National conference in Rosenheim, Conductive World, 20 March

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