Tips for Communicating with People with Disabilities

Feeling like you don't know what to say and/or how to act? Remember we're all human. No one is judging your every move so first and foremost... RELAX! You are communicating with a person, not a "disability"Mistakes are OKAY! We all make themASSUMING... We all know that old saying... Remember you don't know what another person is and/or isn't capable ofSpeak directly to the person. If a companion is present, don't speak to the person through the companionTreat adults as adults. Address people with disabilities by their first names only when extending the same familiarity to everyone else presentNever patronize…
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Arts for All’s #GivingTuesday Grateful for Sensory Tools

This year, as we get ready to sit down with friends and family for Thanksgiving, we are reminded of all the things we are grateful for. Too many to be listed for me, I'm one of the really fortunate ones. For someone else, it may be that they are grateful they can walk outside for a breath of fresh air. Or, hug a loved one that's been away for too long. Or maybe, feel the calming weight of a blanket when they don't know what else to do and their environment is just too much. Often times, we don't even…
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An Inclusive Gift Guide

An Inclusive Gift Guide I don’t know about you but I love shopping in my PJ’s. Sipping my coffee, knowing that I’m getting a great deal AND making my money go further by using my Amazon Smile account to give a percentage to the non-profit of my choice. In this case, we all know it’s Arts for All of Norther Michigan right?! This is where you double check your Smile account and confirm;) This year, while you’re trying to be the best gift giver, let me give you some sage gift giving advice. Everyone likes gifts that speak of inclusion.…
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Calling all Artists

Phil Wilson teaching a ceramics class Are you interested in working and teaching youth and adults with disabilities? Arts for All is holding a two-part FREE teacher training on November 14 and 19th, from 5:30-8pm at our studio. In an interactive setting, participants will explore Universal Design for Learning, connect with beginning and master level teaching artists, and learn how to plan creative classroom instruction that reaches ALL learners. Occupational, physical and speech therapists, and a specialist in Autism Spectrum Disorder will offer their expertise on how to integrate and adapt the arts for a wide audience.  Receiving this training…
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More Winter Art Escapes fun

Jenifer Strauss, storyteller and artist, worked with students at TC Central High School as part of our Winter Art Escape program. She told them a Japanese folk tale, then the students made their own Japanese-inspired arts, plus learned to draw cats. It was great fun.
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