Ashley Kuznia, currently a senior at the University of Idaho, will be graduating in May 2016 with her B.S. in Psychology. As an intern and trainee at the Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD), Ashley was given the opportunity to brainstorm and secure funding for the artAbility project in 2014. She has since been accepted to the University of Kansas and will be attending in the fall to pursue her M.S. in Counseling Psychology.
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 Jen Magelky-Seiler, a member of the Idaho Self-Advocate Leadership Network (SALN).
In total, 28 University of Idaho students attended a volunteer training this year and 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 varying skills and abilities in addition to assisting them in their artistic process.