A pilot was conducted in 2011-2012 with the collaboration between NOWPDP and Naya Jeevan. Following on the success of the pilot, Network of Organizations Working for People with Disabilities, Pakistan (NOWPDP) has decided to continue art as therapy through the Artpreneurs for Change (AfC) programme.
AfC employs a technique that uses art as a therapeutic mean that allows children with disabilities to express themselves. In this project, it is conducted by Art as Therapy Practitioners (ATPs) who are trained by an art therapist in such unconventional techniques.
In the pilot, about 22 ATPs were selected, then trained and supported by Shazia Mohammad (the art therapist). These ATPs ranged from students to professionals with backgrounds in Art, Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Reiki, and Dentistry. They were, then, assigned to 3 special education institutes in Karachi where they work with a group of 4-6 children with disabilities over the course of 6 months. They worked with children with intellectual, physical disabilities, hearing, visual impairments, Down Syndrome, and children on the Autism Spectrum. All in all it was great enthusiastic batch of individuals. The AfC team had gotten a real positive response from not only the ATPs but also the special education institutes and the children.
The project has the following objectives:
- Training individuals (ATPs) in a skill that allows them to use art in a therapeutic way for children with disabilities.
- Sensitizing ATPs on disabilities
- Engaging children with disabilities emotionally as well as socially using different techniques and forms of art.
For more information on each of the Rounds, the activities, and the team, please go to their respective pages:
Artpreneurs for Change – Round 1, Artpreneurs for Change – Round 2