Ashley Kuznia, currently a junior (2015) at the University of Idaho, is majoring in psychology with a minor in art. As an intern and trainee at the Center on Disabilities and Human Development, Ashley was given the opportunity to brainstorm and secure funding for the artAbility program. In the near future, Ashley plans to attend graduate school to eventually become a licensed psychologist with a specialization in art therapy.
Students at the University of Idaho had the opportunity to volunteer as art-workshop assistants. Prior to volunteering, they attended a mandatory one-hour instructional seminar on how to interact with and assist individuals with disabilities, facilitated by Dr. Matthew Wappett at the Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD).
In total, 17 University of Idaho students attended a volunteer training and 15 different students were able to volunteer at one or more of the six workshops provided.
Through these workshops, students got the chance to interact with individuals who have disabilities as well as assist them in their artistic process.