According to the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, "students involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscored non-arts students on the 2005 SAT by an average of 65 points in verbal component and 34 points in the math component." Drama activities have also been shown to improve academic performance including reading comprehension, and both verbal and non-verbal skills. (AATE) So, if there is someone you care about with a disability, why not consider enrolling that person in a program that teaches the arts?
If you live in North County, San Diego, the Positive Action Community Theatre group (PACT) is now taking sign-ups for the Goldmine Inclusive Performing Art workshops launching it's winter series for children, teens and adults with disabilities. Workshops are designed to help teach interpersonal skills and other life skills through the use of interactive programs with typically developing peers (goal is a 50/50 combination of typical and atypical peers).
Dates: The workshops are held on Saturdays for 8 weeks, starting Saturday, January 19 through March 9, 2013.
Location: Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 101, Encinitas, CA 92024.
Details: Currently there are 3 workshops available:*
1. Children's Theatre Workshops
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm (Tuition: $150)
2. Teen/Adult Theatre Workshops
Time: 2:30 - 4 pm (Tuition: $175)
3. Teen/Adult Performance Arts Workshops
Time: 4 - 5 pm (Tuition: $150).
Workshop directors are educated and experienced in the theatre arts and strive to bring out the best in each participant by facilitating relationships, reinforcing positive interactions and developing meaningful connections. For an article with information on PACT, visit: http://www.pacthouse.org/article_in_coast_news_6-29-12.
PACT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
*Note: Partial scholarships are available based on need.