My Journey My Voice celebrates end of tour
15 Dec 2017
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister, attended the opening of ‘My Journey My Voice’, an award-winning exhibition developed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, to raise awareness of communication difficulties.
Baroness May Blood officially opened the exhibition in Belfast’s Shankill Road Library. It was commissioned by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists as part of its Giving Voice campaign and is supported by Libraries NI, Disability Action and the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Board.
Communication difficulties will affect almost one in five people in Northern Ireland at some point in their lives and this portraits and stories exhibition focuses on nine people who each have a different communication difficulty. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to simultaneously listen to an audio recording and look at an individual’s portrait whilst they hear them tell a story about a memorable journey that they have taken – a trip to the beach, an exciting holiday or the first day of a new job.
Due to their communication disability, many of the participants 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, or communication devices which require advanced technology.
Viewing the portraits and listening to the voice recordings will enable anyone who experiences the exhibition to gain an insight into communication difficulties and how they impact on people’s daily lives.