Classes for the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled, Physically Challenged, Emotionally Challenged and Economically Disadvantaged
By April 2013, Fine Art Miracles was ready to stretch, to spread the benefits of creative
expression to more people who would benefit. The next target group chosen were
people with intellectual and developmental challenges of all kinds.
The FAM Mission was revised to include all special needs groups. President & CEO Tess Lojacono, retained the services of Art Therapists as additional contracted teachers and FAM began marketing to various community service organizations specializing in services for the IDD (intellectually and developmentally disabled) population and children and adults on the autism spectrum, beginning with the Pittsburgh area. With it’s usual philanthropic and inclusive attitude, western PA was quick to respond. Fine Art Miracles believes western New York is not far behind!
This can be especially effective helping (younger children, older adults and) children on the autism spectrum, who may be less capable and/or less comfortable expressing themselves via words. Additionally, art therapy is also known to help people with social skills, specifically, those that are withdrawn or shy, or who, for one reason or another, have a difficult time functioning within social situations. Fine Art Miracles is grateful to have seen the benefits of art therapy enhance the lives of
those who are able to participate in FAM art therapy programs.