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Cassidy’s Kids

Cassidy’s Kids

While on tour, students will have the opportunity to try out adapted devices invented right in the Stan Cassidy Centre by their Rehab Engineer.
 

The Stan Cassidy Foundation is pleased to offer our Cassidy’s Kids Schools Program in partnership with the NBTA Credit Union. Cassidy’s Kids helps to engage school communities, classes and individual students by:

1. Raising awareness about  Stan Cassidy, a great Canadian; 
2. Showcasing highly-specialized and unexpected healthcare careers;
3. Helping to develop empathy for classmates with differing abilities, and;
4. Raising funds for the Stan Cassidy Foundation’s annual Technology List.

Since the program launched, numerous paediatric and adult patients have benefitted from the technology devices purchased with funds raised through Cassidy’s Kids. Items purchased include adapted toys used by speech language pathologists with some of the rehab centre’s youngest clients, 2D gait analysis equipment, most often used for children with cerebral palsy, computer tablets and software so patients can use Smart Home Technology to control things like their television, heat and lights, and a special computer mouse that patients can control with their head to surf the web!
 


In 2013 these students from Lawrence Station
Elementary School presented the Foundation
with a cheque for $166 raised through their
community barbeque!

 


Students from Garden Creek Elementary School presented a cheque
for $4,000! There to receive the cheque was Stan Cassidy Foundation
Executive Director, Alissa Lee, Stan Cassidy Centre Administrative
Director, Gillian Hoyt-Hallet, and NBTA Credit Union Marketing Manager,
Mark Gorman.

 

Want to plan a field trip?

Classes and student groups who visit have the opportunity to test out adapted devices and rehabilitation equipment. There is also a chance to ask healthcare providers questions about their careers and to become inspired to create devices that make everyday tasks for those with varying abilities more accessible. We’ve had selected participants receive excellent media coverage and one school won two of the Entrepreneurial Adventures national awards in 2012.
 


These students had the opportunity to try out our adapted Wii-motes
to get a better idea of what their peers with varying abilities may
experience on a daily basis
.
 

Can’t make it to Fredericton for a tour?

No problem! We also have a variety of teaching aids in both official languages – to help students better understand the work done at the Centre and to learn about Stan himself, a great Canadian who was born right here in New Brunswick! Our PowerPoint presentations and handouts include accessible speaking notes geared toward learners at different grade levels and abilities.

If you are interested in becoming involved with our Cassidy’s Kids program, or would like to access our teachable materials, please contact our Development & Communications Coordinator, Amelia Fletcher, at 506-452-5753 or send her an e-mail at Amelia.Fletcher@HorizonNB.ca.

Editor’s note: you can follow our Cassidy’s Kids program and keep up-to-date by “liking” our page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StanCassidyFoundation
 


Amelia Fletcher
Development & Communications Coordinator
Stan Cassidy Foundation
 

 

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