My Journey My Voice

George Lilley, 37, Cerebral Palsy

My Journey My Voice – the critically acclaimed multimedia exhibition featuring stories and portraits of people with communication disabilities continues to draw crowds on its Northern Ireland tour.

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 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 and, while viewing the portraits, people can listen to each of them 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.

Watch the videos created to accompany the My Journey My Voice exhibition and Storytelling Project

Ryan has had severe communication difficulties since birth.
Watch his story and see how speech and language therapy has helped him.

Christine has had a stammer all her life. She discusses what it’s like
and how speech and language therapy has helped her.

Clodagh is recovering from a stroke, which initially caused her to be locked-in. She discusses how speech and language therapists played a pivotal role in her recovery.

Visit the My Journey My Voice website

Read about the My Journey My Voice launch at Lisburn Library, Northern Ireland.

Read RCSLT NI’s blog on the opening of the exhibition at Londonderry