Jen Vogus is an educator, photographer, and parent of a teenage son with a disability. She is the founder of AbleVoices, an organization that brings photography programming to individuals with disabilities. In this workshop Jen will share her personal story about the benefits of photographs as a tool for communication and advocacy for her son, Aidan. Specifically, she created (along with the help of Aidan’s teachers) photobooks that served as a means for communication between home and school. She will also share how she expanded this experience to providing cameras and bringing photography programs into special education classroom and other environments. Participants attending this workshop will learn about the many benefits of photography and will have the opportunity to engage in multiple photo dialogue exercises and camera activities. Lastly, Jen will discuss the positive power of today’s more modern version of the photo book... social media apps and their place in disability advocacy.
Participants are asked to bring their smart phone, tablet or a camera to take photos. If you do not have either, there will be some cameras available to borrow and we can also pair up to share. Please also bring 3 pictures from home of the people, places, and things that are important to you. (Parents-please plan to attend and assist your teen/adult or provide a Personal Assistant) Please RSVP to attend: Kathy McGee @ 865-748-8507