I, Maria Antonia Jolene Dias, Director of Blue Ocean Waves Centre highlights how my charity is bridging the inclusivity gap in performing arts. “We cater to children, youth, adults and senior citizens – we don’t leave anybody out. Everybody is talented and creative. Normally, we say that the able community can do so many things. However, we reach out to the community that is neglected, or that doesn’t get enough opportunities in society. So we believe that when I say ‘every drop counts’ it means every talent of every person, based on whether they are disabled or not, is important to us. And we need to accept them just as they are.”
I would like to explain the importance of providing equal access to people of all abilities, “Inclusivity is very important because everyone needs to feel loved and accepted. For example, I myself am a person in a wheelchair – if I’m treated differently from any other person, definitely, I will feel low about myself. I will develop low self-esteem which I believe also happens with other children with similar disabilities. Therefore, we need to be accepted by mainstream society, just as how we are and not judged, based on any of the disabilities we have. It’s important to mention that there are various types of disabilities – it’s not only people in wheelchairs who are disabled.”
Inclusivity is a priority for Blue Ocean Waves Centre throughout the organisation as they have recently been registered under the ‘Disability Confident Committed’ employer scheme opening up job opportunities for disabled people.
Children who are students at Blue Ocean Waves Centre are inspired to pursue the arts full-time. To fulfil these goals, We aim to have our students sit exams and open an examination centre for those with disabilities or long-term illnesses. Also, once permissible, Blue Ocean Waves Centre plans to hold annual concerts and art exhibitions so that people with disabilities will get an opportunity to showcase their talents. We provide services like Music, Vocals, Dance and Movement, Art, and Yoga.
Your support will enable us to afford the upkeep of the community centre and the growth of Blue Ocean Waves Centre