Creative Expressions Adult Training Services support the growth of people with disabilities through artistic self-expression and empowers them to participate in a wide variety of community activities.
Individuals divide their time between the local community and the John E. Walson Center at Via’s facility in Bethlehem.
This service focuses on:
- Artistic Expression – Creative Expressions participants with an interest in creating art are able to express themselves through drawing, painting, weaving, and other artistic activities. Via staff assist individuals in pricing and marketing their artwork, which is for sale at Via and at various exhibits in the local community. Music and other art forms are also explored.
- Daily Living Activities – Via helps individuals achieve independence and improve self-awareness. Areas addressed include mobility, personal hygiene, self-care skills, and community living skills.
- Community Exploration – Individuals in Creative Expressions take part in a variety of social and recreational activities, learning social interaction skills, safety, public transportation, money management, and how to access activities and events in the community.
- Cooking and Nutrition – Focusing on healthy eating, health, and nutrition, Via staff teach participants about food groups, menu planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and safe food-handling skills. Participants grow fresh herbs and vegetables on-site to be used in healthy cooking activities.
- Physical Activity and Wellness – Light physical exercise and healthy living are encouraged, and staff engages participants in wellness daily living training, stressing things like personal hygiene and the importance of dressing appropriately for the season or activity.
- Communication and Social Skills – Staff work with participants to improve cognitive/affective communication, learn sign language, use augmentative communication techniques, and improve speaking skills. They also address social skills, exploring appropriate interactions through role-playing, instruction, and real-life experience.