The Aphasia Awareness Walk is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness and celebrating individuals with aphasia and their families by gathering community support. Proceeds from the walk benefit the Aphasia Community Partners Program, which matches individuals with aphasia with people from the community to go on once-a-week outings and form relationships to maintain quality of life and involvement.
Aphasia is a disorder of understanding and using symbols, most evident in difficulty using or understanding language. Symbols can include words, letters, numbers, signs and more. Aphasia is caused by damage to the brain, often as a result of a stroke. It is a life-changing condition that affects not only communication, but also a person's work, recreation, friendships and family roles. People with aphasia, on average, have nine fewer social contacts and three fewer social activities than their non-aphasia peers.
Aphasia IS NOT a loss of intelligence, memories, knowledge or hearing.
Our mission is to connect individuals with aphasia to individuals in the community to enhance social involvement and understanding of the strengths of individuals with aphasia. Ultimately, we hope this program builds lasting social relationships.
Aphasia Community Partners is a program created by the Barkley Speech Language and Hearing Clinic to address the need for improving social engagement for individuals who have aphasia, not only when they attend speech therapy, but also after the therapy comes to an end. The community partners program is comprised of volunteers who have basic training in how to communicate with a person who has aphasia. Volunteers and members may meet as often as they agree but are encouraged to interact at least once a week. Examples of community outings may include visiting local parks, getting coffee or ice cream together, volunteering together, going to a museum, or meeting over a lunch break.
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