Including All Abilities from the Start

Project Abstract

Oftentimes when students with disabilities, such as down syndrome and autism, walk into an art class, they are left out of the full art making process. In this session I will talk about how students with disabilities are much more creative than we give them credit for. They are able to use art as a form of expression. It is great for promoting inclusion with other students. They are learning problem solving skills, self-confidence, and creating intrinsic motivation to do well that is taken into other classes to help them succeed. An art class can be the start of breaking down social barriers that are traditionally put up in schools. We can walk away knowing how we can help create a more welcoming and loving community in the art room, but also throughout the school.


2022 National Art Education Association National Convention

Dates: March 3-5, 2022

Sponsoring body: National Art Education Association

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Funding Type

Travel Grant

Academic College

College of Humanities and Fine Arts


Art Education


BS in Art Education




Dr. Rebecca Williams

Academic College

College of Humanities and Fine Arts

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