For participants the joy is electric and clear, sending out an energy that words cannot adequately relate. Voices are raised, dreams are realized and, most importantly, a community is broadened and awakened. Walls are breached and the symbiosis between participant and teacher dissolves any barrier a mental or physical trait can create. Everyone learns of our human connection, our ability to raise each other to heights unimagined and what could be possible if we only took that chance to reach out to another, regardless of any perceived differences. We learn we are one.
For parents, well….A parent, hearing their child’s voice sing for the first time, or express a willingness to reach beyond their limits; or seeing their wheelchair bound child attempt to dance with an unfettered heart and a joyous disregard for perceptions; or to see the shy and lonely child beam with social acceptance and witness a community’s embrace for the first time; or to Get up onstage and participate in a play; that parent is given the irreplaceable element of hope – hope for better days for their child, hope for the embrace of a community around their child, hope for acceptance and opportunity, and the deep hope that their child can experience the wonderful range of emotion we share as humans. Parents want nothing more for their children. Our children deserve nothing less.
Specifically, your support would provide:
A larger program space for seminars to include more participants
Recruitment and training of staff to fill available program slots
Provide parents with financial relief so that their children can participate in our program without causing a economic burden