Twelve images will be available for purchase in a silent auction at the Thousand Words Gala on August 31, 2013. The event will be held at the Achasta Grille in Dahlonega from 5 to 9pm. Tickets are $50 each and available for purchase online at www.ConnectAbilityInc.org or by calling 770-616-4599.
Megan Grier, 23, is one of the student photographers to be featured at the event. Grier is non-verbal, but just because she is unable to speak doesn't mean she has nothing to say, her mother Ann said.
Her father Andy said, "Being non-verbal is very frustrating for Megan. She communicates through gestures, smiles and her reactions."
For mentor photographer Jeanne Tompkins, the most inspiring aspect of working with Megan was realizing that Megan has a voice, even though she can't speak. A lot of times we dismiss people with handicaps. We don't watch and learn how they communicate–
Don’t miss this event and the opportunity to purchase one of these works of art for your home or office. Seating is limited. Tickets include a dinner buffet, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, dessert bar and live entertainment. Cash bar will be open.
The Thousand Words project is presented by ConnectAbility, a Dahlonega-based nonprofit organization with a mission to support families affected by disability. The organization has a goal of creating a fully inclusive community where individuals with disabilities are included in every aspect of community life. ConnectAbility also provides respite care services, parent and sibling share groups and other community-based events. ALL activities are provided at no cost to participants. ConnectAbility is supported by private donations.