Virtual Connections Featured Partner: Stroke Onward

Founded in 2019 by stroke survivor Debra Meyerson and her husband Steve Zuckerman, Stroke Onward, a non-profit initiative of the Social Good Fund, works to provide stroke survivors, care partners, and healthcare professionals with resources to help navigate the emotional journey to rebuild identities and rewarding lives. There are seven million stroke survivors in the…

Introducing More Inclusive Skin Tone Options To Our AAC Devices

Throughout history, humans have relied on symbols to represent or convey certain messages. From prehistoric cave paintings to modern street signs, simple images can express ideas, rules, and emotions. Now, iconography in the form of emoticons are a part of our day-to-day lives in unique ways. A smiley face as a reply to text message…

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Preparing For Police Encounters If You Have A Communication Impairment

The ability to communicate helps individuals engage with the world around them. From saying goodnight to a loved one to asking a doctor for help, it’s how we exchange information. When certain conditions or impairments affect things like speech and language, communication can become less effective. When communication falls short, the harsh reality is that…

4 Aphasia Tips For 911 And Other Emergencies

Aphasia can present a number of challenges, both universal and personal. When speech and language abilities are disrupted, it can turn interactions that were once simple and straightforward into demanding obstacles. Things once taken for granted — making a phone call or speaking a name — emerge as hurdles. But improvement can be possible.  An aphasia diagnosis…

How To Make The Most Of Your Doctor’s Visit With Aphasia

There’s no universal experience when it comes to a doctor’s appointment. For some, interacting with the healthcare system can be overwhelming. For others, it’s no big deal. No matter what emotions one may have concerning a doctor’s visit, there’s good reason to keep going: Medical visits are vital to living a healthy life. But when…

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31 Caregiver Tips: Caring For Someone With Aphasia

By guest author: Devin Fisher, M.S., CCC-SLP Suggestions for Communicating with People with Aphasia Continue to treat people with aphasia as the mature adults that they are. Regard people with aphasia as communicating individuals even though they may not understand what you are saying. Don’t bombard them with too much speech or too many people…