In 2012 DAA member, Bournemouth University (Media School & School of Health & Social Care), began working collaboratively with the Victoria Education Centre and Sports College to launch the ‘Seen but Seldom Heard‘ project.
This project aims to empower young disabled people with a ‘voice’ and teach the necessary creative skills to challenge stereotypes and engage in conversation about attitudes, issues, policies and practices which affect them in their daily lives and their future aspirations.
This participative arts-based approach, uses live performances and on-line media and has provided space for young disabled people to raise awareness of living with disability whilst gaining new skills and building their aspiration for further learning.
The young people have been actively engaged in planning and producing the live public performances and contributing thoughts and suggestions to the editing of the film and other materials. Through their engagement, they have not only developed their creative skills, but have also been able to critically reflect upon issues facing disabled young people in the UK.
The use of poetry encourages empathy and allows the audience into another world – the poet’s world, whilst film has been a crucial integral tool for capturing and sharing the creative work and views of the young poets.
Work continues to design, produce and launch an Interactive poetry e-book with contributions from young disabled people later this year and an e-learning tool which will include educational information, interactive elements and engaging activities will follow in April 2015.
In recognition of their excellent work two invitations have been received to deliver keynote presentations at industry conferences during 2014-15, including the annual conference of the charity ‘Communication Matters’ (University of Leeds – September).
To find out more about this inspiring project visit the Bournemouth University website here.