Background on the project
Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCA) and Speech Generating Devices (SGD) are electronic devices that can to generate printed and spoken text. Voice is an inclusive arts project that will give creative voices to disabled people from deprived areas in south Wales who use this technology. Participants will be sourced from Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) users who have been excluded in mainstream educational settings. Through the course of this project marginalised groups will be the ones in the spotlight.
AAC target group
The project is specifically aimed at communication aid users (such as people with severe impairments in speech, language, reading & writing) who want to express themselves creatively.
AAC and eyegaze
The Forget-Me-Not team will use specialist assistive technologies such as eyegaze. Eyegaze is a camera that enables users to control their computers via their eye movements. We also use adapted mainstream software such as Wondershare Filmora to enable artistic expression.
Finally, Voice will produce an AAC live performance that incorporates documentaries, short films & music videos. Footage created during the sessions will act as a backdrop to the piece. The participants will also be co-creators in the project from the outset.