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INcommon.TV website corralling lived experience of disability

Whether it is an insight into the daily experience of developmental disability or a glimpse into the transition from institution to community, INcommon.TV invites people to share their stories.

INcommon.TV project co-ordinator Lindsay Lorraine tells BACI Blast she’s looking forward to seeing the examples of community living in British Columbia come to fruition.

INcommon.TV is a new story-sharing website corralling the experiences of people who have a developmental disability, their families and the people who support them.

“The community is rich with stories already,” Lindsay says.

“I feel like there are a lot of connections to look forward to.”

INcommon.TV is holding a series of upcoming workshops for people who have a developmental disability, family members, key change makers in the community living movement and others. Participants will learn more about the story-sharing process and can have their story filmed on-the-spot for quick posting.

Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion’s (BACI) Lisa Joy Trick, senior manager of technology, is involved in the INcommon.TV initiative. She’s hopeful the workshops will help plant the seed for ideas to germinate and participants become open to sharing.

The stories can be about a variety of experiences including life, inspiration, social change and inclusive education. The narratives can be told through methods including video, audio, art, photography and the written word.

It is important that the content be authentic and told in the voice of the individual. The website includes accessibility features, and there are tools to ease the process of getting the material web-ready.

The stakeholders are striving to build a story library for all individuals, families, agencies, government staff and community partners to share.

Lisa Joy is particularly excited about the possibility of an online archive, capturing the history of the community living movement.

“If we can get a great library of content online it can be really informative,” Lisa Joy says.

She notes B.C. has strong social systems and it’s important younger generations learn about the efforts made by their parents and grandparents to shape what exists today.

INcommon.TV is comprised of a core group of seven people from community living organizations in B.C.’s Lower Mainland. There’s a broader committee that encompasses individuals from the education sector, people from community living organizations, family members and a self-advocate.

The project has been in the works for about 18 months as stakeholders saw “the need for this website as a story-sharing platform,” Lindsay says. It began to really take shape about two months ago.

“Sharing stories is a powerful way to explain and represent complex ideas, validate personal experience and reflect a commitment to the contribution and strength of diversity and capacity of citizens,” INcommon.TV partners say.

The next workshop is Feb. 28 from 7-9 p.m. at Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., in New Westminster. Invitations will be sent shortly.

You can share your story by clicking on this link or send any queries to Lindsay by e-mailing her at hello(at)incommon.tv

If you have feedback on this article or a story idea to share, please e-mail the writer, Natalie Hamilton, at natalie(at)axiomnews.ca or call the newsroom at 800-294-0051.


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