The BusyFeet Program is a free weekly dance and movement program for children with intellectual and physical disabilities run in six location around Victoria during the school term and caters for disabilities ranging from Autism, Down Syndrome, profoundly deaf and Cerebral Palsy.
The extreme differences in abilities and concentration levels pose particular challenges for the teachers and the volunteers. As confidence from both sides continues to grow these difficulties are progressively being overcome. Equally important, the program provides carers and parents with a respite and a social atmosphere to stop and share their experiences with other parents.
Children who commenced the program lacking confidence and lack of attention have now become more focused. Children who were showing reluctance and apprehension on entering the dance premises now run through the door for their nametags and are eager to start to dance. Similarly parents and carers who were resigned to persuading their children to get involved now find that the children do not want to miss a class.
BusyFeet became endorsed as a Rotary District 9800 Endorsed program in 2013. We would highly recommend the BusyFeet program to other Rotary Clubs who wish to engage with their communities for their special children as there are very few programs available for these families.