Three to Be is proud of the new partnership we have formed with The Abilities Centre to bring a revolutionary machine to Durham Region. This is in line with our goal of giving kids with neurological disorders better access to their community, and that of The Abilities Centre to give people of all abilities access to life-changing equipment and technologies. The Solo Walk augments movement while allowing children who have never walked or are unable to stand on their own to participate in exercise, sport and social engagement.
Three to Be collaborates with Holland Bloorview to focus on our unified goal of improving the lives of kids with disabilities. Holland Bloorview is a global leader in applied research, teaching and learning, and client and family-centred care.
Holland Bloorview pioneers treatments, technologies, therapies and real-world programs that give children with disabilities the tools to participate fully in life.
Three to Be funded the purchase of the first-in-Canada Pediatric Lokomat* ($450,000CDN), a state-of-the-art piece of equipment at the centre of the Pediatric Robotics Therapy Clinical Research Study at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
The Pediatric Lokomat Pro is a cutting edge therapy device that provides support so a child can walk upright on a treadmill while using robotics to move their legs in a way that simulates walking. The Lokomat has the potential to extend therapy sessions for faster progress, shorten the length of hospital stays for inpatients, motivate patients with visualized performance feedback, and relieve physical strain on therapists. Recent studies show the developing brain is able to learn and ‘re-learn’ neuromuscular functions through task-specific repetitions and intensive practice, which is what the Lokomat is designed to facilitate.
Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time.
Patient-oriented research refers to a continuum of research that engages patients as partners, focusses on patient-identified priorities and improves patient outcomes. This research, conducted by multidisciplinary teams in partnership with relevant stakeholders, aims to apply the knowledge generated to improve healthcare systems and practices.
The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) is an Academy of over 1,100 health professionals dedicated to providing multidisciplinary scientific education and promoting excellence in research and services for the benefit of people with and at risk for cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities.
Three to Be has been an active member of the Family Forum and Community Council at the annual AACPDM conference over the past 3 years. In 2016, Brenda Agnew (Director, PAL) delivered a presentation to delegates on the recent adaptation to the GMFCS scale for classification of cerebral palsy severity, for which she was a vocal advocate and instrumental in the change. We look forward to the conference being held in Montreal in September 2017 and our leadership role in the day-long family conference.
The CP Collaborative is a diverse and volunteer network of existing cerebral palsy related organizations who represent: individuals with CP, their families, caregivers, researchers, physicians and therapists.
“Three to Be, our neighbors to the north, based out of Toronto, Canada, have joined the CP Collaborative! We are thrilled to have them join forces with us to strengthen the unified voice for change for those impacted by cerebral palsy.”