…let us not be literal
where the oral voice is concerned
In the performing, visual and literary arts, the independent voice is heard through a variety of mediums: vibration (sound and movement), musical instruments and nature, the human body, mime and acting (also through the human body as an instrument, a medium to be heard ). Each of these systems IS ‘the voice’.
The Voice carries within it many human communication labels. For centuries past, individuals considered non-oral (non-verbal) have utilized the arts, crafts, and the human body as their voice, their tools and bridge, to communicate and to be heard.
For the present and future this will continue as technology’s vectors radiate beyond current initial perceptions, making and carving out a place for ‘the voice’ for all human beings in their very own potential to be heard; as the arts, crafts and human body endure to prevail from the fundamental concepts of human experience. These avenues are already creating the very PLATFORM for those considered to be non-oral (non-verbal) regarding language use. Oral language is but one form of being heard and understood.
So, let’s start embracing the VOICES to be heard! Let’s create the PLATFORM for non-oral communications. Let us embrace all that nature has provided each and every human being! Let’s Do IT!
This blog post was inspired by my son and the writings from a mother in the UK with a non-oral (non-verbal) daughter.
Photo: My son, Anthony communicating with his two puppies (featured above); and below using the computer to read, to type, to do visual art via skype and hands on art; at a gig enjoying one of his favourite musicians David Gates!
Leonora Gregory-Collura, ©November 15, 2014-all rights reserved ~ Co-founder of the ANCA® Trademarked organizations and president of the International Naturally Autistic® People Awards and the, ANCA® World Autism Festival™, publisher for Naturally Autistic® magazine