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Aphasia Art & Poetry From Virtual Connections Interview

Virtual Connections is proud to announce the release of the Aphasia Art & Poetry Book! This book was created by people with aphasia in the Speaking Poetry Virtual Connections Group. Speaking Poetry began in October 2020. Mark Harder, a person with aphasia and Virtual Connections member, asked to help run a poetry session with Dr.…

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Preparing For Election Day With A Communication Impairment

As the midterm elections in the United States approach, people around the nation are making their Election Day plans. On Tuesday, November 8, Americans will head to the polls to cast their votes and exercise their constitutional rights. Some of those people will have aphasia or other speech or language impairments. Disability can profoundly affect…

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Understanding Aphasia And John Fetterman

On Tuesday, October 25, Senate candidates John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz faced off in a televised debate. Fetterman suffered a stroke in May of this year, and Tuesday’s debate put his post-stroke effects on full display. Politics do not always bring out the best in us. On social media, many were quick to judge Fetterman’s…

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How AAC Users Can Prepare For An Emergency

Disasters and emergencies interrupt the lives of millions of people every year. In 2021, more than 400 disastrous events related to natural hazards occurred, affecting 100 million people and causing more than 10,000 deaths. These numbers don’t even consider other isolated emergencies, such as house fires. Certain populations, like those who depend on AAC devices,…

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Aphasia News Roundup Summer 2022

12-Year-Old Little League Pitcher Returns Home After Traumatic Brain Injury Anthony Labin, a 12-year-old from New Jersey, is back home and recovering after being hit by a line drive on July 11 during a Little League game. The accident left the boy with aphasia, but reports say “he has made remarkable progress.” See Story Cross-Country…

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Lingraphica’s Michael Bord Talks To Univision About Aphasia

Aphasia In The News After the recent news broke about Bruce Willis’ diagnosis of aphasia, more and more people have been asking, “What is aphasia?” We had the opportunity to speak about aphasia and its impact on those diagnosed with it, their loved ones, and what resources Lingraphica has to offer to the Spanish-speaking community…

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Navigating The Primary Progressive Aphasia Stages

Unlike many of the more common types of aphasia, primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a type of frontotemporal dementia. As it’s a type of dementia, PPA cannot be cured. In general, it’s thought to be rare. It’s also likely that many people go undiagnosed due to unfamiliarity surrounding the condition, in addition to the often…

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Bruce Willis Has Aphasia And Will Stop Acting, Family Shares

Bruce Willis is stepping away from his career as an actor following an aphasia diagnosis. His daughter, Rumer Willis, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share the news about the 67-year-old movie star. “To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and…

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