Jenna Blakemore

The music program at Namaste is an hour of excitement and socialization. It is great to see people of various abilities coming out and having a good time in this relaxed, casual environment. It is a program that demonstrates full inclusion of all people, recognizing their unique personalities and abilities. People can sing and dance without the fear of being judged. Everyone is encouraged to participate in whichever way they wish. I infer that this is an event that people with disabilities look forward to each week. The people that attend the day program that I am at are often excited (and sometimes rambunctious) on the drive to Namaste as some of them warm up their sing voices in the van. As a practicum student, I find the program exciting and refreshing. Music is therapeutic for any person and I believe it contributes to the holistic health of people with disabilities.