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interviewers needed.

Want to hear a good story? The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University seeks fifteen individuals of all backgrounds and abilities to participate in Connecting Through Story: Lives Lived Apart, an interviewing and photography project connecting Pennsylvanians with and without intellectual disabilities.

Participants will be trained to conduct oral history-style interviews with individuals with intellectual disabilities who live or work in state centers, sheltered workshops, and Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF/IDs). Photographer JJ Tiziou will work with participants and interviewees to document the process and take portraits. Following the interviews, participants and interviewees will collaborate to select interview excerpts and photos for inclusion in a public exhibit at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, which will be on display in October 2015, one of a series of exhibits and events coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Connecting Through Story: Lives Lived Apart is a public engagement project coordinated in conjunction with A Fierce Kind of Love, an oral history-based play about the intellectual disability rights movement in Pennsylvania. With permission, interviews and photographs will be shared on the A Fierce Kind of Love website. This project receives significant support from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.




  • Ability to commit to the full scope of participation, including attendance at:
    -Training session, Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Temple University.
    -Interview day (full day, on-site at either a state center or sheltered workshop). April 2015.
    -Review session (4 hours, on-site where interview took place). May 2015.
  • Good listening skills
  • Interest in engaging with people from diverse backgrounds and of diverse abilities
  • Interest in learning how to work with simple audio recording equipment
  • Willingness to be photographed
  • Willingness to participate without compensation
  • Must be age 18 or older

Interviewers will not be compensated for participation. Travel and related expenses will be paid by the Institute on Disabilities.

For more information, contact Lisa Sonneborn
215-204-9542 (voice)
215-204-1356 (voice/tty)

Later Event: June 12
Camp Bonfire (Central PA)