Luke Conroy and Michelle Walters.
Luke Conroy and Michelle Walters. Brenda Strong

Disabled residents find a voice through photography

A GROUP of Gladstone photographers with a disability, who often find it difficult to communicate, have found a voice in their photos.

Cerebral Palsy League Central Queensland regional manager Michael Binyon said photography was one of many ways people with a disability could express their feelings and emotions.

"We work alongside our clients in their homes and communities, supporting them as they achieve their goals like communicating, increasing their mobility, attending school or university, living alone or with family or friends, finding a job and actively contributing to their communities," he said.

Support worker and photographer Betty Bath has worked closely with Gladstone Cerebral Palsy League (CPL) clients, which includes people with a wide range of disabilities, to teach them the tricks of the trade.

She said it was a rewarding experience for the group to travel to different locations to take photos each week and see the end result.

"They take a lot of pride in knowing they took it themself," she said.

"They choose what to photograph, I set the camera up and let them click away, and they absolutely love it."

And to celebrate national Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week, CPL Gladstone Service is celebrating with a photo exhibition titled Vision Photography: The World Through our Eyes.

At the exhibition on Wednesday, CPL clients couldn't stop smiling when they saw their work on display.

Thirty-three-year-old Gladstone resident Michelle Walters is one of the clients involved in the exhibition.

Michelle has an intellectual impairment and is unable to speak.

Mr Binyon said Michelle was very independent and assertive in her photographic style.

"Michelle loves photography - she gets a lot of pleasure out of it," he said.

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week

  • Latest research from Queensland's Cerebral Palsy League found one in 400 children would be diagnosed with cerebral palsy
  • Cerebral Palsy League CEO Angela Tillmanns said Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week from July 28 to August 3 was a chance to share stories and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of people with cerebral palsy in Gladstone