Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 143–148 | Cite as

Poetry as the Hidden Voice: Adults with Developmental Disabilities Speak Out

  • Susan L. Davis
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Abstract

The majority of people with developmental disabilities have difficulty expressing thoughts and feelings in traditional ways. This article describes how a group of adults with autism, mental retardation, and other disabilities, have accessed a means of communication and formed a bridge to the community through poetry.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan L. Davis
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  1. 1.The Enrichment CenterWinston-SalemUSA

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