Please note that there are two different conference venues:
June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
June 16 - Kirstenbosch Conference Centre (transportation available)
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Cameron Gill

Cameron Gill is a physiotherapist with over 10 years experience in paediatrics. He is the founder and director of ParagonInc, a Superhero school that provides a range of life and leadership skills, including bullying prevention programs, social action and advocacy training, and resilience programs for children and adolescents. Cameron has worked with thousands of families, helping parents and their children develop the resilience necessary to overcome their individual challenges, providing individual bullying solutions. He also continues to deliver community forums, presentations and workshops at national and international conferences, most recently presenting at the World Anti-Bullying Forum in Stockholm. Cameron is the director of Impossible Co, and the founder of BeyondX and The Bullying Revolution.

Cameron’s presentation at The Pathways to Resilience conference is focused around the capacity of children with additional needs to transcend disadvantages to enhance their resilience and empowerment.

Children with disabilities face challenges that often limit their opportunities to engage and participate to the full extent of their capacity. With formal assessment almost always focusing more on weaknesses than finding strengths, even when limited opportunities are found, there are often seemingly insurmountable challenges to being able to take advantage of them.

Resilience is key to transcending these challenges. Developing resilience can be effectively achieved through participation, connectedness and encouraging the confidence and courage to break down the limiting expectations set by parents, professionals and society, and notions of learned helplessness.

This presentation will share the example of our Velocity program, a gross motor, martial arts and leadership development program for children and teens with additional needs. Velocity empowers children with disabilities to do more than simply accommodate their challenges, but to transcend them, including eliminating some of the biggest threats to resilience, such as bullying and discrimination. Velocity does not limit people around what expectations have already been set - instead of asking “Can we do this?”, we ask the question “How can we do this?” as a pathway to resilience.