There have been lots of projects around the world where people with disabilities have told their stories. These stories are interesting and important. But what is it actually like to tell your story? What are the feelings you get when you are asked to tell your story to someone who might be a stranger? What if it is a story that you don’t think they will like?
In this presentation I am going to try and answer these questions. I worked with people in Ireland to tell their story. After they did, I went back to them and talked to them about what it felt like, and what they liked and didn't like about it.
I will talk about these topics in my presentation. I will show what the storytellers said, in their own words. The focus of my presentation will be the experience of the storytellers with learning disabilities. When it is over, people will know what storytellers said it was like to tell their story.
Zoe Hughes - I am a researcher and policy officer working in Ireland. I have been interested in life stories for many years. My great-aunt would tell me stories of her childhood in Ireland in the 1920s and I was fascinated. I have worked as a care worker, a lecturer, a researcher, and policy worker in disabilities since 2000. I currently work as research and policy officer for a charity working with families and family carers. In my spare time I am chairperson of the Connect People Network, I research my family history and I write a lot. My biggest life stories project to date has been a national project collecting the stories of people with intellectual disabilities.
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