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How UPMC Helps Adults Living With Disabilities
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How UPMC Helps Adults Living With Disabilities

According to an article in The Diversity Journal, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was recognized as an organization that is making great strides in improving the lives of those living with disabilities. HNA-Home Nursing Aging, part of UPMC, offers a program called ACEL (Adult Center For Exceptional Learning), which provides a nurturing daytime environment for individual adults over 18 years of age living with cognitive or physical disabilities.

The mission of HNA, UPMC and the ACEL program is to offer health and human services, which include accompanying participants on a variety of field trips to area shopping malls, parks, and restaurants. ACEL members also visit the Blair County Ballpark and Lakemont Amusement park, with all destinations within walking distance.

In addition to the social activities and fresh air of the aforementioned activities, ACEL participates have many opportunities to interact with musicians and artists from The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA). “Art In Healing” program. Since 2003, SAMA has partnered with healthcare professionals (the Museum/Healthcare Partnership Program) to provide creative opportunities for people living with mental or physical disabilities. By collaborating with healthcare providers, trained artists can create workshops that better serve participants.

Some of the classes offered by SAMA include painting, drawing, and sculpting, in addition to the more eclectic variety of offerings, such as puppetry, storytelling, and the rich, tribal sounds of Native American music. SAMA requires a 10-day minimum residency for the visual or performing artist, SAMA provides the scheduling and planning of each program. Healthcare providers must agree to certain conditions, such as a location for the workshop, and to safeguard all artwork created in the workshop. SAMA allows for participants of the workshops to select a museum tour of their choice. Fees and other information about the Arts-in-Education workshops can be obtained by accessing SAMA art workshops.

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