Donna contracted with the Conductive Learning Center in Grand Rapids to help with the start-up, and acknowledges that they were instrumental in helping her get things off the ground.
She also consulted with Patti Herbst, the Executive Director of the Center for Independence, a successful conductive learning center in Chicago. Herbst was instrumental during the undertaking and on a continuous basis, she provided Speigel with support, information, advice, and encouragement.
In 2006, The Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati opened. Today, the center has 10 students enrolled and one of them is Dayton, now age seven. Because of this program, Dayton is now walking and becoming increasingly vocal.
Donna Speigel’s new mission is to help educate parents, educators, and caregivers about Conductive Education. Presently, there are only 32 schools across the United States and just 22 in other countries.
The word is getting out in part because Diane Sawyer recently highlighted Speigel on an ABC World News report. Sawyer described Speigel’s journey as “the power of one grandmother and her love—giving children a new lease on life.”
Sawyer went on to say that because of this grandmother’s powerful love, Donna Speigel is “The American Heart.”
A very fitting description during the week of Valentine’s Day!
For more information on Conductive Education, please visit the Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati website.