Project Overview


Arts and Crafts Abilities is a project implemented by the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD), Loughborough University and Aston University.

The objectives are to:

  • ENABLE discussion and dialogue about heritage and culture between local communities and disability support groups in Southern Africa and their UK counterparts;
  • SUPPORT people with disability in local communities in SA to voice their needs and aspirations;
  • HIGHLIGHT and raise awareness of cultural identity, heritage and sense of place as an asset and resource for sustainable economic growth; and,
  • DEVELOP a pathway to social inclusion and sustainable economic development, based around inclusive arts and crafts.

The outcomes of this Research Network will provide insights for individuals living with disability and their wider community members highlighting a pathway to sustainable economic development utilising their cultural and heritage as part of an inclusive approach to artefact production.