People with disabilities can take advantage of cutting edge technology to have their voices heard. With the popularity of You Tube, Google Video and other sites, we have a wonderful opportunity to have our compelling stories told in an interactive way.
In order to learn to do this, MDRC and UCP of Michigan submitted a proposal to AT & T's Excelerator Program and learned in November 2007 that we were funded!
We attended a 3 day workshop in January 2008 to learn to put together digital stories. In February 2008, we completed a 5 day "Train the Trainer". Both the workshop and the train the trainer are from the Center for Digital Storytelling.
We used this information, and UCP Michigan our research into affordable and accessible tools, to create a new curriculum for digital storytelling, using all free software and including captions. An important aspect of our project is for people with disabilities to control all aspects of the process, creating their stories themselves, with accommodations as needed.
To view all our stories, please visit:
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition's You Tube Channel "Our Voices"
To learn more, visit our Blog! It has been a while since we've updated it.
A class was held for 4 staff members at the Superior Alliance for Independent Living (SAIL), a Center for Independent Living in Marquette, MI, during July and August of 2008. Two of the stories are on our You Tube site "Our Voices. Elicia showed her story "Piss on Pity" at Action Day in Marquette in September of 2008 and was interviewed for a newspaper article about the project for the Mining Journal in Marquette.
A class was held with this group in Owosso, MI over the summer of 2008. Seven stories are posted on our You Tube Channel. The group used their stories to present at meeting of the city council and successfully advocated for increases in the transportation budgets!