About Voices of Our Region

Beginning in April 2008, Judith Barricella, director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Disability Connection, along with colleagues Athena Aardweg and Tony Buba, acclaimed local film producer and director, traveled hundreds of miles across Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver, Elk, and Washington Counties to record 57 stories. Voices of Our Region is an oral history created to ensure that this region’s recorded history encompasses the real life stories of people with disabilities of all types, ages and cultures.


The FISA Foundation provided a grant for the project, which enabled the trio to capture the unique life stories of those living with disabilities across three generations and seven decades.

The completed project not only resulted in a documentary DVD with wide distribution, but also established a permanent site for both the documentary and the collection of original audio recordings and photographs in the Carnegie Library system. The documentary will provide a candid, non-scripted account of the progress made in pursuit of personal goals and the justifiable pride of the individuals, their families, and their advocates in removing the barriers that, for generations, confronted individuals with disabilities.


Media Coverage


Dollinger family participates in audio history project 
St. Marys Daily Press, January 12, 2009


Interviews record lives of region's disabled
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 20, 2008


Voices of Our Region Sneak Peek
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 20, 2008


Voices' gives disabled chance to share their inspiring stories
The Herald, June 25, 2008


Volunteers of America’s Working Order program entrepreneurs participate in Voices of our Region, a project of Disability Connection
Volunteers of America, PA, June 3, 2008