Disability Support is an important project that helps people with developmental disabilities to become economically self-reliant with their profession and to become part of the community.
DDartists: Jobs for artists with developmental disabilities
DDartists is a project of Give Chances that provides people with developmental disabilities the opportunity for employment and talent development. DDartists hires, pays, and provides educational opportunities for these individuals in a safe and caring environment.
Work is essential for an independent life as it provides not only financial resources, but also a sense of self-fulfillment as a member of society. Currently only 14.7 % of adults with developmental disabilities are employed.
Everyone is born with unique talents and potentials, so are people with developmental disabilities. DDartists particularly pays attention to those who have interests and talents in art. We found an approach to use their artistic talents and developed a work-education model for people with developmental disabilities. The artworks that they produced in the classes are developed to be used within products in collaboration with professional industrial designers.
Gifted artist Sharon Haeun Choi started to paint at the age of four. As a child she was persistent and meticulous, and liked to draw several versions of her favorite character or image for long periods of time. She uses colored pencils and pens to create beautiful artworks. Recently, Sharon discovered her new favorite art tool: digital platforms. Using graphic design softwares, she is creating and designing her own animated character, “Seiryu”, inspired by Street Fighter character from a video game.
Eunsong Ham is a bright and brilliant artist who loves to draw eye-catching, vivid illustrations of her favorite characters. Once Eunsong decides what to draw, she effortlessly sketches the outline of her character without a single moment of hesitation—using a single black marker. Then, with a bold and fascinating choice of colors and various facial expressions, Eunsong brings her characters to life. Eunsong’s adorable character illustrations and designs are featured on DDartists Christmas cards and planners with the collaboration and support of professional designers. Eunsong dreams of becoming a professional artist one day.