Liberty Consortium wish to develop further a successful pilot of a special-education program named Project Sparks. In its pilot, Project Sparks evidenced that disabled young people who are gifted in the arts can use the empathy they’ve gained in overcoming barriers to their own learning, to experience meaningful connections and increased self-worth as they share their creative talents with primary-school children.
Through Project Sparks young people can become the first generation of learning-disabled teachers (who we call ‘Leaders’). Together, the Leaders and the children they teach will sow the seeds of a societal shift in the attitudes of those with disabilities, by challenging the expectations of Leaders’ families, primary-school teachers and the wider community. So far, Project Sparks has enabled 9 Leaders to successfully teach 121 children in 6 primary schools.