using art to empower all abilities
aZul is empowering adults with disabilities, their families, and communities by challenging perceptions.
We believe anyone can succeed, when given the support and tools to do so.
Our programs are divided into 3 key approaches, that can be flexibly and uniquely tailored to each individual or organization.
core program values
We highly encourage a sustainable and earth friendly mindset. We revive recycled objects with inexpensive supplies and practical techniques to create high quality pieces of art for display and wear.
One of our core values is creating empowering and inclusive collaborations. Participants in our programs, guests, and our organization partnerships all have cooperative, positive interactions.
workshops / 5 months
Our sessions are personally tailored and designed to teach techniques in group or individual settings, across all ability levels. While including the development of life skills, pre-employment and self-employment skills.
runway / exhibition
We host many events with opportunities for participants to practice in real life settings and gain valuable experience. For each program, we connect to local galleries/stores/festivals to showcase their creations.
All our programs also focus on increasing independence, social inclusion, self-confidence, and self-advocacy with design, art and cultural diversity - preventing depression from isolation.
Young adults with developmental disabilities (ie. autism, down syndrome, and similar disabilities) transition from high school feeling lost because our system offers so few vocational/job development opportunities specific to their needs. Leading them to experience feelings of depression and depending on social services and their family/caregiver to survive. For these families it is challenging to find affordable and appropriate professional development programs to help adults with disabilities find their purpose.
We are looking to minimize the risk of depression and poverty in adults with disabilities, and their family members who are affected, as an extension of the challenges experienced due to the lack of opportunities.
We offer alternative life success programs for "CREATIVES" (apprentices, differently-abled individuals) and their "COLLABORATORS" (caregivers able to continue concepts in the home environment) focused in art and design. As our special requirement, Creatives and Collaborators take on the program as a team (*on a case by case basis we may give consideration to independent participation). Bring your team and enjoy eco-creative experiences!
Our programs focus on family empowerment, workforce skill development, encouraging commitment to co-responsibility, teamwork, and rehabilitation featuring various artistic techniques applied with a focus on re-purposing recycled materials. We encourage the use of free time, exploring the city, and learning to live better through lifelong experiences with the practice of day-to-day activities. We foster artistic abilities to promote self-expression.
Along with supporting each Creative, we also offer free, professional parent counseling support to transform relationships into empowering collaborations.
Eco Friendly, Fashion Design
Use fashion design techniques to design artistic, hand made and up-cycled garments. Learn more about our signature program, Follow The Thread (fashion design and entrepreneurship) which goes beyond with branding and business strategies to launch a sustainable fashion design brand.
Our FashionAble programs include:
Signature Follow The Thread program
Miniature single or short-term sessions
Unique short-term or long-term programs tailored to the abilities of each person and/or the needs of an organization partner