Virtual Connections is a new free program that offers a series of daily online meetups for individuals with aphasia and their families. The program was co-developed by Lingraphica and the Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC). To date, hundreds of individuals have taken part in the sessions with many returning throughout the week for additional sessions.
If you haven’t participated in a Virtual Connection session yet, here are four reasons to sign up.
1. They are developed especially for people with aphasia and their caregivers.
The program was developed for individuals with aphasia and their families in mind and is extremely aphasia friendly. Each session is facilitated by a speech-language pathologist, music therapist, or other aphasia expert.
2. The program is free and accessible from anywhere in the world.
There are no fees to join a Virtual Connection. You simply sign up for the sessions you would like to attend and will later receive meeting login information via the email you provided. Even if you’re in a rural area, all you need is a solid internet connection, camera, and microphone to participate. Virtual Connections are hosted on a free video conferencing application called Zoom, which you can download here.
3. There’s a session for everyone.
Interested in classic cars? Have a passion for food or travel? Prefer to play trivia games? Each Virtual Connection session features unique and original content that’s sure to spark something for just about everyone.
4. It’s a chance to practice your communication.
Many sessions feature open chat where you can simply talk with others about any topic you’d like. It’s a great opportunity to meet and engage with people whom you wouldn’t normally get to chat with, share ideas, and practice your communication skills.
So, if you’d like to join a virtual session, simply visit the Virtual Connections registration page and sign up for one or even several sessions. Lastly, don’t forget to invite your loved ones to your sessions with you – the more the merrier!