My Voice is Me
Coordinator - Lucy Lowson (Glossa) – Speech and Language Therapist
Participants - David Mason (Toby Churchill) - Communication Aid Developer and Producer, Alan Martin (Mouse on the Move) - uses AAC for communication, Gill Main (NHS) - Speech and Language Therapist and Graham Pullin (University of Dundee) - Interaction Designer
Outline - “My Voice is Me” is a group of people from a variety of backgrounds who have links with the use of artificial voices via communication aids. The term often used to describe communication aids is AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) devices.
Our project focused on the production of a short video that seeks to draw people’s attention to the question: ”My voice is…..?” The video is to be shown as a rolling loop of 2 minutes duration. It begins by enticing the viewer to consider how artificial voices can be used by someone who, for a variety of reasons, may not have a voice of their own. Quotes from AAC users are shown on the screen and read aloud by a ‘real’ artificial voice that is actively used in a communication aid at present.
The video then challenges the viewer’s own perception of what their voice means to them and features Lee Ridley, A Stand-up Comedian who uses AAC as his mode of expression, to help explore this concept. The video highlights the meaning of ‘voice’ to those who use artificial voices as their mode of speaking, using Lee’s particular dramatic use as a demonstration of diversity.
Outcome - After watching the video, viewers are encouraged to complete a ‘speech bubble’ and write in it what their voice means to them. These are displayed on the exhibit and will be used to explore common themes following the culmination of the roadshow and to inform future research.
Contact - For any further information please contact – firstname.lastname@example.org