To broaden the reach of Writing for the Soul Workshop™, we looked at how the program could be modified to include Individuals with Differential Abilities. Understanding the unique challenges to working with these individuals, the developer of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ worked closely with organizations, and individuals that could bring ideas and unique perspective to how our core curriculum could be modified to help individuals with differential abilities express their story. To do what their peers are doing in the program around the world: getting what’s on the inside …out.

According to an article in the Boston Globe by Bella English, “Nationwide, only 14 percent of adults with such disabilities have jobs outside a care facility. In Massachusetts, developmentally disabled adults are less than half as likely as their peers to be employed at all — and those who are generally work at minimum wage jobs with no benefits.”  This lack of resources and programs for those with differential abilities that are adults leads to a greater impact on them, and their families; impacting millions of adults across America.

These numbers are even more staggering when we look at the growing population of those with differential abilities. One study conducted by Doctor Amy Houtrow, Associate Professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2001-2002 and survey data from 2009-2010. Results showed that the prevalence of disability increased 16.3% from 2002 to 2010.

The result of this effort was realizing the importance of a unique plan for each individual participant, and a focus on activities that allow for creative expression through art, and story telling while still producing a work of expression included in Writing for the Soul Workshop™ for group publishing! These group publishing projects provide sustainable funding for the organizations offering the program, as well as a chance at financial independence for the participants. Here is a video of the program in action:

Our online community is a great and safe way for our participants to stay connected. It is a safe, positive community for creativity. Anyone can participate in our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ regardless of age or ability. All you have to do is use the Contact Form below to sign up. It’s free!

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