DDartists is a project that provides people with developmental disabilities the opportunity for employment and talent development.
DDartists hires, pays, and provides educational opportunities for these individuals in a safe and caring environment.
Work is essential for an independent life as it provides not only financial resources, but also a sense of self-fulfillment as a member of society. As a result, people feel more connected to others and become a contributing member of the community through their work. Currently only 14.7 % of adults with developmental disabilities are employed.
“Work is essential for an independent life,
Only 14.7% of adults with developmental disabilities are hired.”
Everyone is born with unique talents and potentials, so does people with developmental disabilities. DDartists particularly pays attention to those who have interests and talents in art. We found a possibility to use their artistic talents and developed a work-education model for people with developmental disabilities. By providing them with art classes where they develop and express their artistic interest and talent, they will get paid by us for their artwork that they have produced during art classes. The artworks that they produced in the classes are developed to be used within products in collaboration with professional industrial designers.
DDartists Joyful Work & Learning Model