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Aphasia impairs a person's ability to process language, and/or their ability to speak and understand others, but does not affect intelligence.
As a result of their difficulty communicating, people with aphasia may experience great isolation and frustration in their daily lives, which is often made worse by the lack of information that they receive about their condition, and the majority leave the health care system without referrals to resources in their own communities.
Voices of Hope for Aphasia, is a community based program that was the brainchild of a patient and his wife, and it was designed to provide the communication bridges that will help people with aphasia do the things that are most important to them, and take part in their own life. Voices of Hope for Aphasia reconnects people, living with aphasia, with their lives through innovative programs.
Guests: Jackie Hinckley, PhD, Executive Director, Voices of Hope for Aphasia, and Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida, has over 25 years of experience directing clinical and research programs that specialize in the treatment of aphasia and related neurologic communication disorders. Dr. Audrey Holland, Professor Emeritus of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona. Dr. Holland and has published over 125 research articles, textbooks and clinical tools including: Counseling in Communication Disorders: A Wellness Perspective
If you are someone living with, or loving someone with aphasia, or, if you are a professional working with people with aphasia, please join the podcast with your questions for my guest.