If you have been to Disney World recently, you would notice an unusual, new and beautiful decorations, the decoration is so beautiful that it caught the attention of everyone who visited Disney World since October. The holiday decoration was made by a group of youths with disabilities.
Right now, Disney World is at 70s temperature, decking is being done on its halls while trees and flowers are being trimmed â — and this year, the decoration made by the artisans with disabilities has been one of the major centers of attraction at the park.
Georgia-based Augusta Training Shop, a nonprofit that provides jobs to adults with cognitive and physical disabilities trained the artisans with disabilities and brought them to Disney World to exhibit their talent. The artisans with disabilities created handmade snowflakes and used it to adorn the Kingdom’s Discovery Island.
"What Disney has done for us is breathe new life into these hearts and these hands,” Audrey Murell, Augusta’s executive director, said in a video shared by Disney. “That one beautiful creation is allowing five people with disabilities to have a job and a meaningful life.”
Augusta Training Shop employs people from ages 18 to 79 who have various disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, deafness, and blindness. The talented creative people with disabilities receive a monthly paycheck and do everything from flowering, chair weaving, furniture restoration and repair to metal polishing.
The creations made by the artisans with disabilities are currently adorned with wreaths and trees along Discovery Island’s wildlife-filled pathways. The management of Disney World recently invited the creative artisan to come and review their wonderful works.
"Disney World gave us a platform to share the many talents we possess,” John Smith, an artisan said. “It has always been my goal to showcase my talent, it has always been our manager's goal to stretch us past our level of the comfort zone and expand to things we haven't tried before and I am glad I am what I am today. A big thank you to Augusta Training Shop and Disney World"
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