Our goal is to increase the general public's awareness about aphasia, language disorder resulting from focal brain damage. Surprisingly few people in today’s society are informed about speech disorders in adults. Even months past aphasia onset, not to mention the acute stage, people with aphasia and their caregivers are very disoriented and do not know where to seek information and assistance. In addition, the general public often misinterprets the nature of speech impairments, which leads to social isolation of people with aphasia.
We aim to improve the quality of life of people with aphasia by increasing general public's knowledge about the disorder. We are conducting surveys among clinicians, caregivers and the general public in order to estimate the current level of aphasia awareness. Based on survey results, we develop information booklets about aphasia and disseminate them free of charge through speech-language pathologists and other healthcare professionals.
Aphasia: caregivers booklet in Russian (screen version) (PDF, 2.44 Mb)
Aphasia: caregivers booklet in Russian (print version) (PDF, 500 Kb)
In 2016, the project was supported by The American Center Support Program for Alumni Projects.
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