Upcycling Sheltered Workshops
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A wake-up call and creative approach to society’s responsibility to its citizens with disabilities.
Upcycling Sheltered Workshops assesses prevailing practices in community-based facilities for people with developmental disabilities and argues that it is time for a fundamental change in the way these programs are run. Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell offer a revolutionary alternative, the Creative Abundance Model, and outline both its principles and its application. The new model turns sheltered workshops into community integrated spaces designed for creative discovery. The Creative Abundance Model seeks to do away with the repetitive tasks that are often the only activities offered to people in workshop environments. It presents a structured but more open program, one that incorporates art, music, and other creative pursuits to free participants to explore their own interests and to develop their skills and talents.
The book consists of two sections: advocacy for the model and a practical, how-to plan for implementation. The authors include numerous and well-tested examples of activities that workshop staff can use to introduce the Creative Abundance Model; after this initial phase, the participants themselves help steer the program in the direction of their interests. The authors include numerous color photographs to illustrate the methods discussed in the text and to document the effect of the activities on the emotional state and well-being of the participants.
Susan Dlouhy is the president of Norwich Consulting Servcies where she helps sheltered workshops convert their programming to the Creative Abundance Model.
Patty Mitchell is an artist and social innovator specializing in collaborations between artists with and without perceived differences and in transforming sheltered workshops into creative spaces.
6 Reviews for Upcycling Sheltered Workshops
Not just for workshoppers - Monday, June 1, 2015This book has important things to say to people connected to sheltered workshops, either as givers of services or recipients of services. I am not one of those people. What I discovered is that this book has important things to say to EVERYONE! When we approach life from a position of the recognition that there is an abundance of creativity in ourselves and everyone around us, boredom is banished, the tedium of being vanishes, the way becomes open for every day to be pregnant with possibility, and each of us becomes excited with exploration and available to collaboration and fulfillment. The authors should re-title this book. May I humbly the suggest the following: "Upcycling Life: A Revolutionary Approach to Transforming Existence into Creative Discovery." Who wouldn't want to do that?
Must read - Tuesday, April 14, 2015This book is a must read for people who work with individuals with disabilities. The pictures bring the text to life and add an extra special element to the book. I am looking forward to sharing this book with my co-workers and friends.
True Innovation for Sheltered Workshops and More - Tuesday, April 14, 2015I know authentic when I read it. Dlouhy and Mitchell share the Abundance Model through their own hands-on experience and make it easy to take steps toward transforming organizations. The book makes the case that change is inevitable in the developmental disabilities world and provides a great road map to get it done. It's an easy read where the pictures tell the story.
Upcycled Sheltered Workshops - Saturday, April 11, 2015This is a wonderful book. What the women who wrote it are doing is just incredible - and they are spreading the word all over the world. The full colour photographs are beautiful. The art is amazing. How real it is to help people who so many just write off, to become productive working artists making an income! And what a terrific way to upcycle discarded materials. I just love this book. Thank you Susan and Patty for the amazing work you do, and for this wonderful book.
Inspiring - Tuesday, March 31, 2015I love this book! As someone who has worked in non-profit social service and art related fields for over 25 years, I am invigorated and inspired by the suggestions and vision that Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell share with us. Thank you!
Great Read! - Tuesday, March 24, 2015This book is one of the most thoughtful and creative books I have read in a while. “Upcycling Sheltered Workshops” is the perfect book for anyone starting up or currently running their own adult vocational business.
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