WHAT WE Do

Train communities to start and sustain their own theater programs for performers with developmental disabilities

 

 

MISSION

Platform PERFORMERS with developmental disabilities so they can relieve fears and raise expectations.

The PLU team has done a phenomenal job showcasing the strengths and abilities of special needs individuals.
— Maureen McGowan, Lakeland Community Theater, Education Director

Because society has a largely false perception of their limitations and abilities, performers with developmental disabilities remain regularly undermined and excluded. Research suggests, however, that providing society with information and contact, creates understanding and empathy, which are the two ingredients needed to transform negative attitudes into inclusive mindsets.

Platforming performers with disabilities provides the space for self-advocacy and the opportunity for people with disabilities to transform society's perceptions about themselves. Additionally, PLU curriculum develops each actor’s conversational, relational, and social skills, providing them with a place to connect, develop, and belong.

 

The Journey

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Celebrate the lives of six performers with disabilities through our transformational documentary

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Work in China twice, watching fears diminish and expectations rise

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Doc shared in in 7 countries

Brittnie is writing her second book

Lauren was hired

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Gather 1200+ people for the documentary premiere

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Workshops for students to understand their peers with disabilities and commit to inclusion

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Jimmy and Jessica's engagement!

Provide a Spanish translation of the documentary

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Sean moved out

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PLU Indianapolis Launch