Arts For People With Disabilities

The Arts, including dance, music, drama, writing, painting, and similar activities, provide us entertainment, education, communication, and personal enjoyment. The arts provide people with disabilities expanded means of expression and pleasurable ways to interact with their environment and the people around them

American Art Therapy Association
AATA describes its members as healthcare professionals who provide necessary health services to people receiving care in a variety of health care settings and through private practice.

American Dance Therapy Association
Learn how dance and movement therapy can support emotional, mindful, and motor functions to improve the lives of physically challenged persons.

American Music Therapy Association
Music is known to have a calming and healing influence for centuries. Music therapy can benefit the health of people of all ages with mental, physical, developmental, and learning disabilities.

Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World – VDMFK
This website is available in English, German, and Spanish languages.

Mouth and Foot Painting Artists
MFPA provides support and encouragement for people who do not have the use of hands and paint only with their mouth or feet.

National Arts and Disability Center – NADC
NADC provides information, technical assistance, and additional services to promote the professional development of artists with disabilities.

National Association for Poetry Therapy
As noted on their website, poetry therapy uses poems, stories, song lyrics, imagery, and metaphor to facilitate personal growth, healing, and greater self-awareness.

National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations – NCCATA
Their members are professionals who use “distinct arts-based methods and creative processes for the purpose of ameliorating disability and illness and optimizing health and wellness.” Their association members focus on poetry, music, drama, art, or dance to improve lives.

National Theatre of the Deaf
This organization originated in Connecticut and has moved to the National Theatre of the Deaf in Washington DC. A new Connecticut National Theatre of the Deaf is now called NTD-CT. NTD describes itself as “a theatre group composed of deaf and hearing actors who entertain audiences worldwide through signed and spoken languages.”

New Horizons Unlimited
This organization provides people with disabilities information, tools, and experiences that encourage lifelong learning and service, and enable them to become confident, contributing citizens, as explained on their website.

North American Drama Therapy Association
People who may benefit from drama therapy include developmentally disabled persons, people with AIDS, older adults, at-risk youth, those with behavioral issues or disorders, and the general public.

VSA – The International Organization on Arts and Disabilities
VSA provides arts and educational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to improve access to the arts for all.