Much work has been done to try and improve all areas of life for people living with disabilities and huge steps have been taken however there remains a long road ahead. There are many areas in which disabled people suffer and we need to ensure that lives are made easier in aspects of life.
Most of the problems arise often due to a lack of awareness about disability and due to actions taken by others without keeping the disabled people in their minds. According to The World Bank: “One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability, and disability prevalence is higher for developing countries. One-fifth of the estimated global total, or between 110 million and 190 million people, experience significant disabilities”. It is also stated that people with disabilities are more likely to experience a discriminatory attitude in the prevailing fields of education, health, social economy, employment, and justice.
If we talk about the United States, there are 61 Million people who have some type of disability. This means that every 1 out of 4 Americans has a disability which is not so good.
People with disabilities in U.S continue to face challenges like stereotypes, a disabling environment, violence, abuse, and a host of issues related to work, education, and health. It is evident that we need to start taking some responsibility for helping the disabled and create an enabling environment where individuals with disabilities can flourish and live up to their true potential.
This is why we at Glass City Swings Band continue to raise awareness about disabilities using our concerts and events as a platform to help the cause using music. We believe music is a very unifying form of art. We support disabilities awareness through musical education programs that will enhance the lives of children and adults with special needs.
We also organize Swingin’ with Creative Arts Therapies (SCAT) which is a collaborative expressive arts program conceptualized by GCSB Arts, Education and Wellness for individuals with special needs including physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities. Coordinated by a Certified Creative Arts Therapist, SCAT affords each participant the opportunity to experience and express their own interpretation of the Swing Era through art, music, and dance/movement modalities.
We regularly organize various and activities where other people can join us and help us in our mission through your donations and sponsors. If you want to help us in any way, feel free to reach out using the details provided on the website.