Month: September 2010

Conductive Education books available on the Internet

 I was reminded the other day during a conversation with Andrew Sutton that Foundation for Conductive Education publications had been sent to Google for inclusion in Google Books with permissions to include some content.

I have now checked on this and found not only FCE titles with a large chunk of the text up on the Internet but another one that has some too. These will be included with full references and URLs in the Virtual Conductive Education Library as soon as I can get them up.

The FCE titles are

Ákos, K. and Ákos, M. (1991) Dina. Birmingham: Foundation for Conductive Education AND Ulm: Alabander Verlag.

Cottam, P. and Sutton, A., ed. (1986) Conductive Education; a system for overcoming motor disorder. London: Croom Helm.

Read, J. (1991) Conductive Education 1987-1992; the transitional years. Birmingham: Foundation for Conductive Education.

Sutton, A. (1998) Last year in Jerusalem; four presentations to an international conference. Birmingham: Foundation for Conductive Education.

Read, J. (1991 ) Come wind come weather; a study of the difficulties faced by parents taking their children to the Peto Institute in Budapest. Birmingham: Foundation for Conductive Education.

The other book is :

Brown, M. and Mikula-Toth, A. (1997) Adult Conductive Education : a practical guide. Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes.

If you wish to read the available content of these, go to Google Books and do a search for Conductive Education. The books themselves are all available from the Foundation for Conductive Education atlibrary@conductive-education.org.uk

Conductive Education books available on the Internet

 I was reminded the other day during a conversation with Andrew Sutton that Foundation for Conductive Education publications had been sent to Google for inclusion in Google Books with permissions to include some content.

I have now checked on this and found not only FCE titles with a large chunk of the text up on the Internet but another one that has some too. These will be included with full references and URLs in the Virtual Conductive Education Library as soon as I can get them up.

The FCE titles are

Ákos, K. and Ákos, M. (1991) Dina. Birmingham: Foundation for Conductive Education AND Ulm: Alabander Verlag.

Cottam, P. and Sutton, A., ed. (1986) Conductive Education; a system for overcoming motor disorder. London: Croom Helm.

Read, J. (1991) Conductive Education 1987-1992; the transitional years. Birmingham: Foundation for Conductive Education.

Sutton, A. (1998) Last year in Jerusalem; four presentations to an international conference. Birmingham: Foundation for Conductive Education.

Read, J. (1991 ) Come wind come weather; a study of the difficulties faced by parents taking their children to the Peto Institute in Budapest. Birmingham: Foundation for Conductive Education.

The other book is :

Brown, M. and Mikula-Toth, A. (1997) Adult Conductive Education : a practical guide. Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes.

If you wish to read the available content of these, go to Google Books and do a search for Conductive Education. The books themselves are all available from the Foundation for Conductive Education atlibrary@conductive-education.org.uk

Checking cookies

Even though I use my computer regularly and connect to the Internet to obtain information and maintain my blogs, I am not very good with any of the technical aspects of the hardware and software. Friends who are a bit more savvy than me often have to help out with advice and help. A piece in my local paper by Dave Pinwell about cookies has proved very useful too, and I would like to pass on the information.
One aspect I have had trouble understanding is the cookies that are small files which get put on  the PC without permission or notification when I visit websites. How this can happen I don’t know, all I know is that it does.
These cookies collect details of browsing activity and sometimes contain login, passwords and other details needed to make repeat visits to a site. These are not dangerous unless they get into the wrong hands, and the information gained could be obtained by a hacker whether cookies are held or not. So a good firewall and security protection are vital. Having these will permit proper use of cookies and any unwanted intrusion will be prevented.
You can block all cookies but this may prevent you accessing sites that you want to, so it will be worth checking your privacy levels. It is possible to delete cookies before you close the computer down and I do this regularly. You need to right click on the Internet icon, choose properties and then click on  delete for browsing history to remove all those cookies you do not want on your computer.
Thanks, Dave.

Charities merging in UK

Today I read a news item reporting the merging of three charities based in London – RadarDisability Alliance and the National Centre for Independent Living. Theay are considering a merge under the new title Disability Rights Partnership.

http://thirdsector.co.uk/news/Article/1028437/Three-London-disability-charities-consider-merger/

Liz Sayce, chief executive of the Royal Association for Disability Rights, also known as Radar, said the charities had 35 staff and there were no plans to make any of the posts redundant.

She said the proposal to merge the charities was based on increasing the campaigning power of the charities and was nothing to do with financial difficulties.

Perhaps this will be a way forward in these troubled times for some of the CE centres registered as charities in the UK?

Building your own Conductive Education library

By an amazing coincidence, like Susie Mallett,  I have been looking on the Internet for books relevant to Conductive Education so that I can build on my very small collection here.  Yesterday I received copies of both titles written by Bärnklau that Susie mentions on her blog.

http://www.susie-mallett.org/2010/09/story-of-search-for-books.html

These are believed to have been written by András Petö and published in the 1960s. My copies are second-hand,  in a reasonable condition and arrived soon after ordering.

In my search for them I came across various titles on Conductive Education which are available via Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/or Abe Books  http://www.abebooks.co.uk/

Many early titles are now out of print so the price of these varied enormously according to ‘rarity’, I assume. For example, a copy of Hári and Ákos’ Conductive Education can be bought for as much as £68.00 and Cottam and Sutton’s,  Conductive Education; a system for overcoming motor disorder can be as much as £80! There are also a number of each title (and others) at  more reasonable prices.

Have a look.

If you do want to build your own collection buying second-hand can be a economical and sometimes the only way to do it.

Bärnklau . K. O. (1965) Unfug die Krankheiten, Triumph die Seele. Karl Schustek: Hanau/Main.
Bärnklau . K. O.  (n.d.) Gibt unheilbare Krankheiten, Nein. Lindau-Bodensee: Rudolphische Verlagsbuchhandlung.
Häri, M.  and Ákos, K.  (1988)  Conductive Education . London: Routledge.
Cottam, P. and Sutton, A., ed. (1986) Conductive Education ;a system for overcoming motor disorder.
London: Croom Helm.

Pause for thought

This year has not been a very good one healthwise for my family, friends and myself. Over the past few months I have learnt what it is like to have your life controlled by appointments with doctors, hospitals, nurses, physiotherapists and consultants. Fortunately things are improving now and life will return to what passes for normal  fairly soon – I hope.
Because of this, blogging and finding material for the virtual catalogue  has suffered, but I have been thinking about them and wondering why my appeals for information go largely unanswered. Comments on postings are also rare. I have had some responses, thank you, ( a few privately), but had hoped in particular, that most people would know of at least one document and send me details.  Maintaining these sites is  voluntary and I do get satisfaction from doing so, but it would be great to have more feedback especially for the catalogue.
Checking the statistics shows that both sites get visitors averaging out to 50 per week for the catalogue, and 100 for this blog, which I think is quite good considering. All those who do visit, please keep coming and drop me a note occasionally, let me know what you think and make suggestions.

Virtual catalogue is making progress

The new format of the virtual catalogue is making progress thanks to Ben Foulger. He has posted technical details of the systems he is using on his blog

http://thejadenproject/mauritius

All of that is a complete mystery to me as I am not computer savvy enough to understand any of it, but it sounds very impressive and seems to be doing the job required of it very well from the drafts I have seen so far.

As soon as its up and running and available via  Conduction’s website I will let you know. This may take a while as there is still quite a bit to do and after all the technical stuff is in place, I will need to enter all the items found to date.
In the meantime the blog version will remain in place for anyone to access at

New source of information on Conductive Education launched today

Today has seen the launch of a new charity in Conductive Education. The aim of this charity is as follows.

Conduction creates a think tank for the world of Conductive Education. It begins its public-service role by bringing together online resource bases for those who use or seek to understand Conductive Education, those who work in it or help provide it, and anybody ‘outside’ who just wants to know

more information can be found on its website at http://www.e-conduction.org/

I intend to move the Virtual Library catalogue to this website and am receiving help to do this from Ben Foulger, who is building a database for me. This will have  a search facility using author, title, keyword, date of publication etc, and include all known bibliographic details, just like a ‘proper’ online library catalogue. The blog I set up was only intended to be temporary until I could find a way of recording and giving access the information properly, and the opportunity to make this improvement has come quicker than I had hoped.
Naturally it will take a little while to complete the technical specifications and then a little longer for me to transfer all the items from the blog to the new catalogue.  When it reaches the stage where it can be accessed  productively I will announce its transfer on this blog.