The concept of ‘choice’ for a disabled young person is an extremely complex one. Each young person is entirely different, they each have their own set of demands, needs and desires which, coupled with a certain level of mental and physical dexterity, directly affects their ability not only to make choices but to communicate their choice to others.

‘1000 words’ attempts to address the complexity of the issue of choice by presenting the viewer with an equally complex journey. Each 10-second clip reveals a snippet of a conversation, a touch, a scream, a stroke. The viewer is allowed to glimpse fragments of interaction and through these moments are able to build up an understanding of what the young people are trying to express.

© Catherine Watling 2006