Welcome to our new Art Gallery project. Our aim is to inspire and to empower audiences, as they view the wide-ranging possibilities of creative expression.

LD Resources Foundation Action is looking to open a gallery space in New York City. Our aim is to give people with learning disabilities a chance to showcase their work to help them explore their own self-expression through the power of ART.

It has been proven that creativity allows people to discover their self-identify and enhance their power of healing through the modality of ART.

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The arts play an important role in the progression of disability identity.  Research has shown that the positive role of the arts and arts-based teaching and learning, enhances self-esteem and builds self-confidence on an individual level for each artist. (Rooney, 2004)  Participating in the arts is a helpful way of coping with the negative aspects of living with a disability and the stigma associated with disabilities.Historically, one who is cast most of his life with an invisible disability has always been cast lower than others, pitied, or accomplished less than their peers. In order to equal the playing field, we believe in the power of art. It is critical to provide opportunities to excel, to give confidence, to overshadow the disability.

Rooney, R. (2004). Arts-based teaching and learning: Review of the literature. Washington, D.C.: VSA arts.

 


 

Zahavit Paz, Artist Statement

When we use the term “disability,” many people think about the obvious, including mobility impairments and sensory disabilities, such as blindness. However, disabilities also include a number of other conditions that typically are invisible to others.  Learning disabilities such as dyslexia, ADHD, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia fall under the “invisible” disabilities category.  My art is my expression of the painful journey with my invisible learning disabilities, ADHD and Dyslexia.

I have a continuous internal struggle with how much I like to reveal about myself.  I begin with thousands of thoughts and finally, by abstraction, I get to the point I want to make.  Continually, I am searching for myself -expression and the emotional exchange I experience surviving daily.

We need to become strong self-advocates to get necessary accommodations.  This journey often brings experiencing difficulties along the way.  These are hard times that can injure and negatively shape our self-image and self-confidence.  How people see and react to you are daily challenges that become your obstacles. They stop us from stepping forward; the prejudice, discrimination, and stigma become too painful. My art expresses the struggle that stops us from receiving accommodations in educational institutions and employment.

I express my conflict by choosing abandoned materials and recycled materials rather than natural man-made items.  Discarded materials give me an opportunity to exam the process of reconstructing, as it expresses my own life experience as a disabled person with LD and ADHD. I have to continually reconstruct my life to fit in with the rest of the world.

 

About The Artist

Zahavit Paz created an art installation entitled  “Are We Dumb?”

It was a culmination of a life long journey. This installation was about her life, struggling with her own learning disability and ADHD; this show is her art statement about that struggle. “Are We Dumb?” was her response to how our educational institutions and society in general, deal with those who have learning disabilities. Dyslexia is an invisible disability to others and is often undiagnosed. People with learning disabilities can feel like an outsider and so, Paz chose to work with abandoned and discarded materials found on the streets of New York. This discovery connected the materials as being already “disabled” and a challenge to work with.

In 2017, Zahavit Paz created a mixed media piece awareness Initiative to bring attention to invisible disabilities.

“If you can’t see my disability it doesn’t mean I don’t have one.”

Mixed Media: Material – glass wires rotating symbolizing the need for awareness of the high percentage of people with invisible disabilities.

If you are struggling with Dyslexia of Learning disabilities, LDRFA is offering an AWARD PROGRAM for ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY.