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Getting Online for People with Aphasia

The Stroke Association have produced a guide to help people with aphasia get online. See the document HERE.

People with aphasia, researchers, and speech and language therapists have helped to create the document.  

It stems from an original 2018 consultation with more than 100 people with aphasia across the UK. 

This highlighted the importance of supporting people with aphasia and their families to use technology.

The guide uses aphasia-friendly text supported by carefully-designed images and can be used with a text reader.

It offers information and step-by-step guidance on a range of topics including:

  • getting online
  • searching for information
  • setting up and using email
  • online safety
  • sharing a photograph
  • using technology to support recovery

We hope this will help you get online

In addition, The Stroke Association will also be hosting an #AphasiaChat hour on the Stroke Association’s Twitter account – @TheStrokeAssoc

This will be on the 23rd June at 11:00.

Four questions will be asked and everyone is encouraged to share their thoughts.

This is for people with aphasia, families or anyone who supports people with aphasia.

“It would be great if some of your members could join or comment at a later time.”Assistant Director at Stroke Association

We’d love to have your input and comments!

Aphasia Awareness in June

The more people who know what aphasia is, the easier the lives will be for those who live with it.

june Aphasia awareness

Aphasia awareness month is a great way to spend some time focusing on spreading the word ‘aphasia‘ around as much as possible.

In the UK:

About 350,000 people in the UK have aphasia – help our affiliate charity Say Aphasia educate 350,000 other people about aphasia. So that people who live with aphasia do not feel so alone, isolated and misunderstood.

Also use #Aphasia, #LivingwithAphasia to share our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts.

In Devon:

Around 6,000 people in Devon have aphasia. Share awareness of how we support people and reduce their isolation through art.

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Nigel created this powerful image for aphasia awareness month.

We are creating an art project made from everyone in the group which will be on show in an Exeter gallery. We’d love you to join in! Find our more contact us on 0791 232 0372

Together! Living with Aphasia.

Living with Aphasia zoom meetings are keeping people connected and together.

See our “How to Join a Zoom Meeting” on our Coronavirus Support page.

We have a new project to create a group flag which we can use for June “Aphasia Awareness” month.

Everyone will be making their own section of the flag. A great joint project.

Plus one of our group has been in the national news! Joseph’s talking about the mental health effects of living in isolation – and the help that Living with Aphasia has had on his well being.

Staying smiling

We are missing seeing everyone but we keep smiling! Watch our film about us Living with Aphasia and all that we stand for. It has been so great to be able to support people through the isolation of the present situation.

Our weekly zoom meetings are keeping some of us connected and inspired with regular creative projects to share. Let us know if you’d like to join in.

It’s been great to have some inspiration from Magic Carpet and Exeter Phoenix Festival of Mental Health & Wellbeing.

How lovely to see Tony’s smiling face at our zoom meetings. His fabulous NHS Rainbow hat creation is definitely a show piece!

coronavirus inspirational

Find our more about what we are doing on our Coronavirus Support page

Inspirational times during the Covid 19 times

We have been keeping our friendships going through zoom, telephone and post during this Covid 19 crisis. Our Creative Art group has been offering our support for the marvellous NHS and Carers too. Follow Magic Carpet art ideas too.

Keeping active is important so follow with Em’s exercises video too.

We hope you are all staying well and safe during this time.

Find more on our Online Support Page

Stand By Me

In these strange and isolating times here is a wonderful film showcasing Living with Aphasia with our fabulous choir singing “Stand by Me”.

The film was made by Jon, who has had a stroke with aphasia, together with his marvellous band, The Red Rock Blues. Our singing group, led by Sam from La La Choirs, has provided the backing tracks and the film includes lovely pictures from our drop in group and creative art sessions. Well done Jon and the team!

We hope that you enjoy watching it!

Stay safe and well!