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:
How can I support Clallam Mosaic?
There are many ways you can support Clallam Mosaic.
You can donate funds or supplies.
You can volunteer.
You could join our Board of Directors.
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What skills do participants get out of the Clallam Mosaic programs?
How do the 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.
Lessons from the theater class
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.
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
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.
Another need that the Theater class aspires to is educating the public about people with developmental disabilities.
Breaking down barriers of fear and ignorance.
Treating each other with respect.
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.
How does the Clallam 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.
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.
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