Communities Minister, Paul Givan MLA launched a My Journey My Voice exhibition roadshow from Lisburn Library, Northern Ireland on 4 August 2021 to raise awareness of communication disability.
The multimedia portraits and stories exhibition was commissioned by the RCSLT and is currently being hosted by Libraries NI. View more photos from the launch.
Neill Birnie narrated a short passage he wrote for this exhibition and gave an insight into the barriers he faces on a daily basis. His listeners have been extremely moved by his stories which have included four Ministers, numerous MLAs, a lord mayor, a deputy lord mayor, health care professionals and numerous members of the general public.
His words have resonated, as a result he has now been asked to participate in regional work on developing hospital passports. This is a particular issue for Neill as he has been the recipient of poor medical practice, which resulted in DNAR being written on his medical admission notes on more than one occasion.
Below is an excerpt from a speech he gave at an accessible communication event in Belfast in June 2016: