NOWPDP's project Artpreneurs for Change (AfC) aims to train individuals in techniques on how to use art as a therapy to engage children with disabilities. The programme focuses not only on the aspect of art that allows children with disabilities to express themselves, but also on the training of individuals in such unconventional techniques.
Typically, therapy in a clinical setting involves talking and expressing feelings through words in a one-on-one session. This setting can limit the expression of many individuals especially children with disabilities who may have limited speech, hearing, vision, and/or movement. In Pakistan, access to therapy services is limited to a certain group of people because it is expensive and because of little awareness.
Art can help people with different disabilities socially as well as emotionally which was not effectively achieved through regular therapy. The training will equip ATPs in techniques on how to engage children with disabilities so that they can best express themselves in non-verbal ways. Parents are not charged for the therapeutic services and neither are the schools, this makes access to art as therapy for children with disabilities from different socio-economic classes easy.
As the project grows, more ATPs will get trained. They will have a chance to practice for longer periods of time in more schools, the number of children with disabilities getting access to art as therapy will increase. At the moment we are working with 10 ATPs in 3 special education institutes. The aim is to create the awareness and access to art as a therapy by reaching out to 70 special education institutes across Karachi, and eventually to the 200 special education institutes across Pakistan
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