Thursday, February 12, 2009

Listen To The Voices

What an incredible project! Last summer, the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Disability Connection undertook a project called Voices of Our Region.

From their Voices website

"Voices of Our Region is an oral documentary capturing the life, love and passion of area residents living with disabilities. Audio interviews with 57 individuals with disabilities of all types across generations and culture comprise Voices of Our Region. The six-hour oral history encourages listeners to learn about both the struggles and triumphs individuals with disabilities have experienced in seeking self-determination and non-discrimination by providing candid, non-scripted stories of the progress made in pursuit of personal goals".

Can you imagine how wondrous it would be if such a project could be undertaken in each of our communities???


Jess said...

How wonderful!

I think it would be a great idea to include some video for the non-verbal communicators and signers, but maybe they used interpreters for that.

Sounds like a great project for a group of boy or girl scouts-- maybe you should give the local troop a call. :)


Tara Bennett said...

That is a lofty goal and ideal. I would love to see it come to pass!

Ashley's Mom said...

Connor's Mom, the scouts idea is a great one! I'm going to see if I can find a contact for my state. I'll keep you posted on what I find out.