Basically, FAR uses art as a therapy for that particular group of children and adults. According to its president, Pamela Ayers, they have been servicing the special needs community since 1951.
No matter the age or diagnosis, they all have the right to participate in these therapies. The organization helped more than 1,400 people in 2018 alone.
It provides various programs such as art, dance, music, and recreation therapy. Besides those, there are programs like ice hockey, social activities, summer camps, or yoga.
Ayers confirmed that all that is important are the people they serve and their well-being.
With the team of 23 professional counselors, FAR holds its activity bases in Birmingham, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Macomb Township. Also, it offers creative arts therapy in 30 public schools.
The purpose of these programs is not only to teach those people how to play an instrument or dance — the goal is to prepare them for independent life, to teach them, children especially, basics, such as social and life skills, said Ayers.
In a rent-free space in a church in Birmingham, FAR provides services for many attendants. The smiles on their faces prove how much it benefits them.
Ayers said that children love the programs; they enjoy them and don’t even have the feeling that they are in therapy.
They only want to secure them to lead productive lives within the community, and have better conditions at homes and schools, finalized Ayers.