Living Connections: Voices and Visions for Shared Lives Exhibit
For the last few years I have been taking images for a grant driven project called Living Connections: Voices and Visions for Shared Lives. Living Connections captures the voices and experiences of individuals with and without disabilities who have stories to tell about the new directions for disability services. The exhibit, with my images and text written by Deborah Lisi-Baker, consists of ten panels with images and interviews from a diverse group of Vermonters.
These interviews take place at a time when many Vermonters with developmental and other disabilities remember life in institutions. The right to self-determination and community options is still new and it is transforming how we live and work together. The images and voices in this exhibit reflect a growing expectation-by individuals with disabilities and by those who know them as individuals - that people with developmental and other disabilities are more than service recipients: they are friends, advisors, contributors, students, teachers, allies, and active members of their households, workplaces, social groups, and chosen communities. They also show us the human strength and promise of a society where we are all valued and where we all belong.
The exhibit is supported by an awareness grant from the Vermont Developmental Disability Council.
This exhibit has been shown at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Richmond Free Library, Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, University of Vermont, and the Vermont Center for Independent Living in Montpelier. We are currently looking for new venues for the exhibit. Please contact the photographer if you are interesting in hosting.
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