Communities Minister, Paul Givan MLA launched a My Journey My Voice exhibition roadshow from Lisburn Library, Northern Ireland on 4 August 2016 to raise awareness of communication disability.
The multimedia portraits and stories exhibition was commissioned by the RCSLT and is currently being hosted by Libraries NI.
Neill Birnie narrated a short passage he wrote for this exhibition and gave an insight into the barriers he faces on a daily basis. His listeners have been extremely moved by his stories which have included four Ministers, numerous MLAs, a lord mayor, a deputy lord mayor, health care professionals and numerous members of the general public.
His words have resonated, as a result he has now been asked to participate in regional work on developing hospital passports. This is a particular issue for Neill as he has been the recipient of poor medical practice, which resulted in DNAR being written on his medical admission notes on more than one occasion.