Six Special Momtreprenuers Who Are Working to Make a Difference in Our Community
Raising children is a tough enough job. Now, add a special needs child to the mix and it becomes an even greater task. We would like to shine a light on these six special momtreprenuers who have taken on the additional task of creating businesses that serve the special needs community. We applaud these special moms who are working to make a difference in our community.
[Momtrepreneur] is an amalgam of a female business owner and a “mom” who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.
Company: ABR Canada
Advanced Bio-mechanical Rehabilitation (ABR) is a home-based rehabilitation approach empowering the parents of children with special needs to attain a thriving and flourishing life.
Her family: I am the proud mother of Nicholas,18, who has severe Cerebral Palsy. Like many other parents, I started going from one therapy to another, desperately searching for the ‘miracle cure.’ I tried 17 different approaches within a 4 year period (both alternative and conventional therapies), until I met the inventor of Advanced Bio-mechanical Rehabilitation (ABR), Leonid Blyum.
Her start up: Thrilled by the progress I was achieving with my son, I gave up my journalism career and opened the ABR Center for the Americas, located in Montreal, Canada (www.abramericas.com). Today we offer this fantastic, innovative and research proven rehabilitation approach to more than 200 children with special needs from Montreal to Buenos Aires. We offer training sessions in Pennsylvania, Florida, California and Mexico with more satellite locations opening shortly. Initially, I started as a local Foundation in Nicolas’s name, but its popularity soon went beyond borders and its success has spread south across the United States, Mexico and South America! I feel so proud today to see so many children holding their head and torso better, gaining more flexibility, and being healthier and HAPPIER than ever before! The testimonials from ABR parents that see their child waking up to life is what nourishes me above all. Our principle, first and foremost, is to improve functional abilities in conjunction with better health and HAPPINESS. “Being before doing” is our motto. Being able to enjoy life like any other child; being well enough in one’s own body to interact joyfully with parents and siblings. No forceful approach, no exhausting stimulation…just gentle, non-invasive, yet extremely efficient mechanical stimulation to improve your child’s structure, metabolism and awareness.
A lady once told me, “It is so sad to think that he will never be able make anything of his life!’ I answered, “Even without the ability to speak or walk, Nicholas has accomplished more than many young men his age that already have a college degree! He opened a Rehabilitation Center that changes the lives of hundreds of children”!
Nicolas also has a big brother, Louis-Philippe, who lovingly carries him around since Nicolas is too heavy for me now. He plays the guitar to him, sings him songs and watches hockey games with him. Nicolas, in spite of the severity of his case, shares in every family activity. I always jokingly present him as the PRESIDENT of the ABR Center! Without him, none of this would have ever been possible!
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