"When they hear themselves on radio, their words flow..." | radioinfo

"When they hear themselves on radio, their words flow..."

Thursday 09 July, 2015

A program in partnership between Windgap Foundation and Eastside Radio 89.7 FM is allowing adults with an intellectual disability to express their ideas, opinions and stories through their own radio show.

“We source participants mainly from Windgap Foundation, which has been funding Making Airwaves from the start. It’s an organisation that provides day programs, transition into work and into retirement for adults with intellectual disabilities”, says Caroline Savransky from Windgap.

Many of the participants have trouble with their speech and ability to speak fluently; hence the program is edited.

 “When they hear themselves on the radio, their words flow and they can finally hear themselves how they have always wanted to be heard. Clearly.”

And while the friends and families of the participants couldn’t be prouder Caroline says the program is yet to resonate with the broader community.

“ There was one person who rang the radio station and they were initially offended because they thought we were “taking the piss” but once we explained to them what we were actually trying to do, they rang back and gave great feedback,” she says.

The sixth show aired Tuesday night and there’s a waiting list for the next three.

“Every single participant we have had has had something incredibly unique to offer. Making Airwaves is a chance for people to stop whatever is going on in their busy lives and listen to people who have often been forgotten in the wider community.”

Making Airwaves always welcomes new participants, volunteers and donations.

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