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Collaborative Art as Social Justice: Building Inclusive Communities for Individuals with Developmental Differences


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Sheltered workshops refer to rehabilitative and vocational programs for individuals with developmental differences. On this episode of Defining Moments, Patty Mitchell and Susan Dlouhy reflect on their efforts to revolutionize sheltered workshops through the Creative Abundance Model.

This model relies on collaborative art programming to foster self-expression, create employment opportunities, and build inclusive communities. Patty is the Founder and Executive Director and Susan is the Director of Operations for Passion Works, a community arts center located in Athens, Ohio.

You can read Patty and Susan’s Health Communication article here:

Their book published by Swallow Hills/Ohio University Press is available at a 20% discounted rate with the code PODCAST on the Passion Works website: 

They are featured in the documentary Creative Abundance available on Amazon: