FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Montgomery, AL, January 27, 2014 – The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) will collaborate with The Arc of Clarke County (TACC) to support the project “We’ve Got Talent”. The purpose of this project is to foster inclusiveness in a rural area by offering community based art and music classes to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Research shows that participation in the arts and music is beneficial for everyone, and therapists regularly document how meaningful it is for individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Arc of Clarke County is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to providing opportunities for community integration, advocating for individuals with disabilities, and supporting people in achieving personal goals and exploring meaningful activities, especially when employment is not a current option. TACC also has a successful history of fostering collaboration between the organization and those in the community who do not have disabilities.

“We are excited to partner with TACC and help bring this opportunity to the people in Clarke County,” said Myra Banks, Executive Director of the Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities (ACDD). “We look forward to the positive enrichment and personal growth this program will bring to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Clarke County”, said Banks.

The Arc of Clarke County will work with local organizations to promote a distinctive project for a rural community. Instructors in different art mediums can be secured through an area arts center and can include lessons in pottery, watercolor, oil painting, charcoal drawings, etc. Registration fees will be required for participation in the classes and the classes will be open to adults in the public and advertised throughout the county. The classes will be conducted at The Arc of Clarke County and will allow a greater audience to see the impact community integration has for adults with developmental disabilities.