A multimedia portraits and stories exhibition to raise awareness of communication disability will be on display in the Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings, Stormont until 13th November and online via www.myjourneymyvoice.org
The exhibition, which features nine portraits by local photographer Laurence Gibson, is a collaborative project. It has been commissioned by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) as part of its Giving Voice campaign and is supported by Disability Action and the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Board.
Each participant featured in the exhibition has a communication disability. Visitors will be able to view their portraits and listen to their voices as they each recount a memorable journey they have taken. Their stories will resonate with many: they include a once in a lifetime holiday, the first day of a new job; and a sunny day at the beach with an ice cream.
Due to their disability, many of those participating have voices and speech that will sound different to listeners. Some use vocalisations which may be unintelligible to anyone other than close family. Others use alternative or augmentative forms of communication (AAC) such as signs and or symbols and others use communication devices that produce electronic speech.
Viewing the portraits and listening to the voice recordings will enable anyone who experiences the exhibition (either online or in person) to have a greater insight into the nature and impact of communication disabilities. The booklet and website also provide useful links to additional information sources.
The exhibition will be on display in the Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings, Stormont from 2 – 13 November and online via www.myjourneymyvoice.org .
Bookings can be processed online or by contacting Janet McGookin Janet.firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the RCSLT on 02890 446 385.