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A Look at Clallam Mosaic
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Art Programs at Clallam Mosaic
by intern Seth Wonderly
"A Mosaic of Dreams”
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Clallam Mosaic Q&A
Why is Clallam Mosaic important to the participants?
In Clallam County, individuals with developmental disabilities have few options to continue to learn and grow after they advance beyond the supports offered by the secondary school system. Clallam Mosaic therefore delivers a much-needed service by providing an array of programs for life-long education, leisure and recreation. By encouraging participation, respecting individuals and providing special supports that accommodate for differences between individuals, Clallam Mosaic:
• Fosters independence and personal choice
• Engages individuals in meaningful activities to improve self-esteem, self-determination, self-confidence and overall quality of life
• Helps individuals to overcome stigmas and live as normal a life as possible
• Improves cognitive ability
• Promotes healthy life choices
What skills do participants get out of the Mosaic programs? How do participants benefit? Why is it an unique opportunity for growth?
Clallam Mosaic helps participants understand choices and decision-making and the responsibilities of those choices as they live an independent life.Daily activities that many of us take for granted may be an incredible challenge to a person with a developmental disability.
The Clallam Mosaic core values are built around maturity in choices, responsibility, and independence. Skills that we encourage include:
Timeliness: meeting deadlines, being on time and being prepared,
Teambuilding: honoring each others' talents and gifts, being responsible to other team members, and working together toward a shared goal,
Personal Development: setting individual goals for achievement.
A personal story of growth: Doug, Theater 2010
Doug, a non-reader with speech difficulties, resists speaking when he is in public and among strangers for fear of not being understood. He hangs his head and avoids eye contact. These physical behaviors have been mis-interpreted by others as stand-offish, disinterested, or lacking environmental comprehension.
Doug has particular difficulties in pronouncing certain letters. W’s are difficult for him as are many of the sounds that require the tongue to tap the top of the palette or the back of the teeth. He struggles tremendously to be understood and is often frustrated by his inabilities as well as the listeners' lack of patience in trying to understand.
During the Theater production of the ”The KSNAP Radio Variety Show” one of Doug’s lines was “We got to find those dirty dog nappers,”
It took Doug four months to wrap his mouth
around the two “D”
sounds followed by the “N” sound. Before rehearsal, the day
before the show’s opening, Doug was on stage at Olympic Theater
Arts (OTA), relaxed and reciting his lines from memory. Other actors
were also around and I was in the back of the theater with an OTA member
when Doug hit his line. As clear as a bell, he said. “We have to
find those dirty dog nappers.” There was a moment of silence and
then he yelled it out again and then again. That moment, that one
singular moment, was a tremendous moment of achievment for Doug! He
proved to himself that with practice it IS possible to challenge himself and emerge victorious.
How does the Mosaic program address a need in the community?
There are no other programs in Clallam County that offer educational support for people with developmental disabilities. Clallam Mosaic provides many learning opportunities for participants to safely practice skills that they can use at home and in the community - e.g. appropriate voice volume, patience to not interrupt, appropriate greetings, inclusion, turn-taking, self-advocacy, and volunteerism.
The Theater production class provides a voice and a vehicle for people with developmental disabilities to share their stories. In Theater our participants showcase their abilities and talents. Troupe members must collaborate to accomplish the goals of the program. Skills that are needed to collaborate -honoring diversity, supporting each other’s talents and gifts and sharing burdens - are skills transferrable to general life.
Another need that the Theater class aspires to is educating the public about people with developmental disabilities.
People with developmental disabilities are constantly faced with age inappropriate comments. Being referred to as kids or children or in the third person when they are present.The Theater production shines a bright light on how much we are all the same while highlighting the struggles that people with developmental disabilities have to overcome stereotyping and isolation.
Striving for a meaningful life for a person with a developmental disability means working harder, overcoming obstacles (such as speech or movement) and minimizing social isolation and stereotypes by being a contributing member of society.
We will miss a wonderful member of our community
Arlayne Dawn Cogburn
Feb 24, 1930 - Dec 24, 2014
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