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REF NO.: 22

SUBJECT: Photo exhibit: Making the Journey

DATE: Oct. 12,2016

Memorial University’s First Space Gallery in the Queen Elizabeth II Library presents Making the Journey: A Photovoice Study About Transportation and Quality of Life for Persons with Disabilities. 

Photovoice is a research approach that allows communities to use photographs to explore a topic or issue of concern and share the findings in different venues and formats.

Making the Journey features the photography of a group of individuals with disabilities who came together over a 12-month period to explore the social impact of transportation on their lives through photos and personal narratives.

Dr. Kathleen Sitter, lead researcher, and assistant professor, School of Social Work, hopes the exhibit will encourage a discussion about transportation issues for persons with disabilities and engage policy- and decision-makers to mobilize to bring about change.

“Accessibility is a growing area of focus across Canada,” she said. “It has a huge impact on our ability to participate in society. Transportation is particularly important, because it touches on so many aspects that connect to a person’s quality of life. This exhibit highlights the stories of our community through photography.”

The exhibit was supported in part by Memorial University’s School of Social Work and Empower, the Disability Resource Centre, and features approximately 30 2-D photographs accompanied by explanatory text.

"It's very important that persons with disabilities' viewpoints and experiences are captured though this photovoice,” said Kimberly Dawson, executive director of Empower. “It's been a great partnership and a wonderful opportunity.”

The opening event takes place on Friday, Oct. 21, from 6-7:30 p.m. The exhibition runs until Dec. 16.

Accessible parking is available in lot 17. The event is free and refreshments will be served. For gallery hours, please see the QEII hours here.

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For further information, please contact Kristine Power, communications co-ordinator, Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, at 709-864-3188, 709-770-1553 (mobile) or kristinep@mun.ca.  

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