Illustrate Your Voice came from the first-hand experiences of Speech-Language Pathologists who were on a quest for more representative learning materials. Inclusion of all races, genders, body types, ages, disabilities, matter to us, because our clients deserve to see themselves and their families within our clinical space. We believe in building a safe space for our clients by welcoming their voice, even if it's different from our own. Our mission is to improve representation of historically marginalized people by diversifying educational and therapeutic materials. We understand time and money prevent us from making new materials, and hope to minimize these barriers. We hope these images are a helpful start to authentically diversify your clipart, treatment materials, presentations, and whatever else you need! Stay tuned for more illustrations and materials as we grow! Please note: all of the drawings are our own work, and each person in these projects has consented to sharing their image. Every subject is a real person, as our intention is to avoid appropriating this work. Various SLPs were paid to translate text. Each series involved an inclusive process with peer reviews from SLPs and educators.
Special thanks to AC for inspiring and educating us to improve as clinicians to better serve our clients.
MOLLY, M.A., CCC-SLP
Hi! I'm Molly. My pronouns are she/her. I'm a certified speech-language pathologist. My favorite aspect of the field is creating visuals, and I have been drawing all my life. I also understand verbal and written language is not everyone's strength. As a youngster with a learning disability, I relied heavily on colors, shapes, composition, and spatial concepts to comprehend information as it catered to a "haphazard" learning style. "Haphazard," according to the clinical psychologist who did my evaluation (it was the 90's). Luckily I found that these strengths got me through higher level education, and onto a career path in healthcare where I learned about neurology. I began seeing connections between neurodivergence, art, compassion, and communication. With deep and continuous reflection of my own privileges, I acknowledge the need to help improve inclusion and diversity within our learning materials. I do not claim to lead these efforts, but just holding space, or a fun artistic mirror, for folks in the education/SLP community who wish to improve representation.