Monday, August 16, 2010

Adults with developmental disabilities find fulfillment in pottery program

Members of Programs for Exceptional People gathered Thursday for pottery class, rolling and pounding balls of clay into sheets that would later go over a mold. They'll add a design, fire it in the kiln and then paint on a glaze. Over the next several classes, each of the six members will have created their own piece.

PEP, a nonprofit organization that hosts programs and services for adults with developmental disabilities in southern Beaufort County, instituted the class for a variety of reasons to help its members. The process of creating pottery can help with sensory skills and concentration, boost creativity and improve hand-eye coordination.In addition, it also might make the members some money.

Part of the goal of PEP is to promote employment and independent living among its members. Down the hall from the pottery class Thursday at the PEP offices on Hilton Head Island other members stuffed envelopes containing a newsletter for a private community.

"It's important for us to show that adults with special needs can contribute to the community," Watson said.

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