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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Badrock

Creating Inclusive Art Classes for NDIS Participants

Inclusion is a fundamental aspect of art education, and it is crucial to create accessible and accommodating art classes for NDIS participants. In this blog post, we will explore practical strategies and considerations for art teachers and organizations to ensure

An NDIS participant in an art class painting a picture looking out the sunny window
An NDIS participant in an art class painting a picture looking out the sunny window

that NDIS art classes are inclusive and welcoming for individuals with disabilities.

  1. Adapting Art Materials and Tools: Consider the specific needs of NDIS participants and make adaptations to art materials and tools accordingly. Use sensory-friendly materials, such as textured brushes, adaptive grips for paintbrushes or pencils, or alternative materials for participants with allergies or sensitivities.

  2. Tailored Instructional Techniques: Modify instructional techniques to cater to diverse learning styles and abilities. Use visual aids, simplified instructions, or verbal prompts to ensure participants understand the art activities. Provide individualized support and scaffolding based on each participant's needs, allowing them to progress at their own pace.

  3. Creating a Sensory-Friendly Environment: Design the art space to be sensory-friendly, taking into account lighting, noise levels, and overall ambiance. Provide quiet areas or sensory breaks for participants who may become overwhelmed. Incorporate elements that stimulate the senses, such as music, scents, or tactile materials, to create a multisensory art experience.

  4. Effective Communication Strategies: Implement effective communication strategies to ensure clear and inclusive communication with NDIS participants. Use visual aids, gestures, or assistive communication devices as needed. Encourage open dialogue and active listening to understand participants' preferences, needs, and feedback.

  5. Cultivating a Supportive Community: Create a welcoming and supportive community within the NDIS art classes. Encourage collaboration,

a woman holding an art journal
Australian Artist Samantha Badrock

empathy, and respect among participants. Foster a culture of inclusivity by celebrating and valuing each individual's unique contributions. Consider organizing events or exhibitions to showcase participants' artwork and promote community engagement.

Creating Inclusive Art Classes for NDIS Participants go beyond providing art instruction; they create an environment where individuals with disabilities can express themselves freely, develop their artistic skills, and feel a sense of belonging. By adapting materials, instructional techniques, and environments, and fostering a supportive community, NDIS art classes can truly be transformative, empowering participants to embrace their creativity and find joy in the world of art.

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