Final Project — Percy Hedley Foundation

So, it has finally come down to the project that ends all projects. And i have been selected to work on this with three other people, two I have never worked with before

Hopefully we would deliver the best project as soon as possible.

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Initially we had three areas of scope to choose or focus on
1, Conductive Education for Adults
2, Sports centre
3, Design of a Hydrotherapy space
but we all democratically and critically choose to go with Conductive Education for Adults

Project Background

The project is centred on conductive education for adults, working hand in hand with the Percy Hedley foundation which seeks to explore avenues around conductive education to better the experience of those who need it, improvement of service delivered and also promoting the values and benefits of the exercise.

Conductive education is an intensive, multi-disciplinary approach to education, training and development for individuals with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other motor challenges.
Developed in 1945 in Hungary by Dr. Andras Peto, conductive education is based on the theory that the central nervous system has the capacity to form new neural connections, despite neurological damage. By repeating tasks and integrating intentional movement with learning, the brain creates alternate paths to send messages to muscle groups, creating the desired movements

Purpose:

This project has been initiated by both the University and Percy Hedley foundation, Even though it is done in part fulfilment of the programme Msc/Ma Multidisciplinary Design Innovation. The desired end results involve being able to make a difference in an organization, promoting change and making most of the use of a multidisciplinary approach to tackle the issues, effectively adding value , also to the lives of all those involved.

After the meeting of all four of us with Dave, we narrowed the areas to look at and came up with the following objectives

Objectives:

  1. Upgrade existing equipment and services where possible.
  2. Enhance the environment space in which the exercise is being performed.
  3. Market/ Promote the service and its benefits in the best form possible.

Scope:

This project involves work with the foundation and its various factions. The work covers a lot of ground, background research, critical research on best practises. It involves site visits and constant communication between involved parties.

The Clients are primarily the Foundation, but the focus is on people (Adults) who gained disabilities. Those with Stroke, Parkinson’s, MS, Cerebral Palsy and Degenerative conditions. Those who have in some form lost the ability to use their limbs or body in the way they once could.

The area covered for the time being is limited to Newcastle upon Tyne, in the North East of England while considering a much wider area in research.

Deliverables:

The outputs, will involve reports around research on each area covered

Reports on the meetings

Each week will be a review of what we have done so far, and a general report would be made

Finally, a project report which will contain value -added inputs in all these areas we are considering.

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