My Journey My Voice: Putting Communication Disability in the Frame

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RCSLT NI launched a multimedia portraits and stories exhibition to raise awareness of communication disability on 2 November 2021 at Parliament Buildings in Stormont. This collaborative project has been commissioned by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)as part of its Giving Voice campaign. It is supported by Disability Action and the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Board.

The exhibition, which features nine portraits of individuals with a communication disability is on view at Stormont for two weeks before touring local venues across Northern Ireland. Visitors to the exhibition can view their portraits and listen to their voices as they each recount a memorable journey they’ve 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. Some 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.

To find out more about My Journey My Voice, experience the exhibition online and download the booklet to share with family, friends and colleagues. Please visit: www.myjourneymyvoice.org.

My Journey My Voice press coverage

Download and read the Daily Mail’s article on Clodagh Dunlop, one of the contributors on the My Journey My Voice exhibition.

Clodagh’s case study was used by RCSLT NI during their discussions about the Mental Capacity Bill with the Ad Hoc Committee.

- ‘Olivia finds her voice to star in new Stormont exhibition - Belfast Telegraph 6 November 2021
- ‘Christine brings message to exhibition at Stormont’ - Impartial Reporter, 29 October 2021
- ‘Every picture tells a story of a journey’ - Irish News, November 2015