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Finding the Rhythm to Start Our Dialogue

Finding the Rhythm to Start Our Dialogue

My voice has value. I have the right to be listened to. These are the first two themes we focus on in our Art of Self-Advocacy classes. The first two weeks of a session are all about getting to know one another, finding the rhythm of each class, and using our themes to start our dialogue about self-advocacy.

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Join us for The Art of Me performance with Merrick

Join us for The Art of Me performance with Merrick

Join us for The Art of Me: A Community of Sunshine, a multidisciplinary performance co-created by Upstream Arts and Merrick. Drawing on structured improvisations from Upstream Arts classes, the show features creative contributions of artists with disabilities from the...

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At the source of the river’s current

At the source of the river’s current

When we build a foundation and practice around consent, children will know how to recognize when their bodies are being disrespected. If they have experienced positive relationships where their boundaries are respected, they will be able to recognize when a relationship doesn’t feel safe.

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In Small Moments: Finding a shared language through play

In Small Moments: Finding a shared language through play

It’s difficult to define what play is, but for us, every moment of communication is a form of play, and an opportunity to discover meaning in our actions and expressions. Giving and receiving, an ordering of actions taken, a familiar structure from which we derive meaning, this is the base form through which we build play.

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