ERIC Number: ED360761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-3
Yes We Can: Overcoming Obstacles to Creativity.
Harlan, Jane E.
This paper attempts to make explicit some assumptions about the creative abilities of people with developmental disabilities, and offers constructive strategies for replacing negative ideas and attitudes with positive attitudes. The paper points out that: a high degree of artistic ability can coexist with considerable impairments in other areas of cognitive functioning; there is potential for growth in the creative capacity of adults with mental retardation; when a variety of art materials is routinely available and open-ended activities are offered, art group participants will take initiative in their work and express their preferences; persons engaging in creative art experiences are learning much that is useful, by acquiring a constructive mode of expression of feelings, exercising cognitive functions, and improving fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination; and the art of persons with developmental disabilities may appear child-like but actually reflects the adult's experience and inner vision. The paper concludes that the satisfying and constructive process of creating can and should be available to everyone, regardless of disability. (JDD)
Descriptors: Adults, Art Activities, Attitude Change, Children, Creative Development, Creative Expression, Creativity, Developmental Disabilities, Individual Development, Self Expression, Talent Development
Program on Aging and Developmental Disabilities, Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities, 2853 E. 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Retardation (117th, Washington, DC, June 3, 1993).