Do You See Me?

Learning Disability Week took place on 17 – 23 June 2024.

This year’s theme was ‘Do you see me?’ and was all about celebrating the awesome things Learning Disabled people bring to society.

To make some noise during Learning Disability Week, Soundabout launced a brand new song ‘Do you see me?’ composed by our Emerging Leaders and featuring some of the amazing people of Soundabout.

Meet Lydia

Lydia just adores music, absolutely loves music. She may not be able to tell me how much she enjoys the sessions, but when she hears the hello songs she just gets really excited and just is happy.

(Soundabout) has made us closer really. It makes me notice things about Lydia, expressions and noises she makes… It helps me focus so I think I’ve got to know her more… She’s 14 now and I know her better now, since doing Soundabout with her, than I’ve ever known.

~ Emily (Lydia’s Mum)

Meet Ava

Music connects Ava to the world around her. It provides a platform that enables purposeful communication and is a medium whereby she can express herself clearly and explore her own creativity. 

Ava loves nothing more than being in charge of music making and directing. Ava relies on carers to support her in all aspects of her care. She has little control over what happens to her but music allows her to take charge and direct others…

She is very aware of her power in these moments and will often giggle in anticipation of what she can make others do in response to her movements or vocal cues. 

~ Liz (Ava’s Mum)

Our Person-Centred Approach

Music is a universal language, communication for those who express themselves using means other than words. At Soundabout, during Learning Disability Week and every week, we focus on what individuals can do and follow their lead. We design our activities around the needs, interests, and passions of the groups.

Watch the highlights from our Witney Sounds Together group, which brought together Learning Disabled adults with complex support needs to make music with others, tell their stories, and have their voices heard in a way that is accessible for them.

If you would like to make a difference to more people like Lydia and Ava, and see more music groups like Sounds Together, please consider making a one-off or regular donation: