History

The MOVE Programme began almost 40 years ago in the 1980s. It was created by Dr Linda Bidabe, a special needs teacher in California, USA. Linda was part of a growing realisation that profoundly disabled children were not learning the vital mobility skills that they needed to access education and prepare for their adult lives.

In response to this, she developed a mobility programme designed to include motivating and functional movement practises at every opportunity. The concept spread rapidly to other schools and in 1991 the first official MOVE Programme was written.

In 1994, the charity MOVE International was established to oversee the MOVE Programme in the US, and 3 years later, in 1997, MOVE Europe was set up to coordinate the MOVE Programme across the UK and Europe.

Where we are now

Based in the UK, MOVE Europe currently supports 115 special schools to deliver the MOVE Programme to over 1,000 disabled children across the UK. We also work with a number of European organisations, with hubs of activity in Denmark, Austria, Germany and Russia.

Our role as a charity is to train education staff, healthcare staff and support workers in the MOVE Programme. We provide ongoing support for each organisation we train so that they can achieve the best outcomes possible for the disabled individuals they support. Each year we bring more settings on board with us.

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