MOVE Model Site
The Richardson Center was designated as a MOVE Model Site on March 17; becomes one of only five sites in California
KCSOS’s Claude W. Richardson Child Development Center became one of only five Move International Model Sites in California on March 17 during a dedication celebration at the center. MOVE International designates independent facilities that utilize its program at the highest level as MOVE Model Sites.
The celebration was highlighted by more than two dozen students with orthopedic impairments using their walkers, braces and wheelchairs to parade around the campus to showcase what MOVE is all about.
During the ceremony, experts explained that movement is the cornerstone of learning.
This was the very premise of a now-international program started in Bakersfield nearly 30 years ago. From modest beginnings in the summer of 1986 thanks to financial backing from then Kern County Superintendent of Schools Kelly Blanton, KCSOS special education teacher Linda Bidabe and her colleagues at the Blair Learning Center started a pilot project called “Standing Room Only.”
The test project developed curriculum and mobility devices designed to promote motor skills that would allow for wider ranges of movement for people with physical disabilities. The results were dramatic.
In time, children who were once confined to beanbags — kids written off as ever being able to sit up, stand or walk — were doing all of these things. Bidabe’s vision spread rapidly and Mobility Opportunities Via Education, or MOVE, was born.
Today, MOVE has trained more than 25,000 people in 20 countries. It has allowed countless people the ability to take charge of their own lives.
KCSOS Special Education has long embraced the MOVE philosophy, which concentrates on the child as a student first and tailors the program to each individual’s physical needs with the end goal of enhancing the child’s ability to learn.
“We are trilled. Our staff is always striving to use the most current best practices and provide a laboratory to prove that a quality education can move any person forward,” said Bertran-Harris. “Being named a model site is a testament to our desire to provide the best in specialized instruction for our students.”
The designation will allow the center to host visitors who would like to see the MOVE program in action.
For more information about MOVE International, please visit www.move-international.org