BU Sargent College to Co-Sponsor National Aphasia Conference

Contact: Pamela Powell, (617) 353-0197 | ppowell@bu.edu

(Boston) – Next month, Boston will welcome the National Aphasia Association’s biannual conference, Speaking Out! 2006 to the downtown area. During the conference, people with aphasia, their families as well experts in the fields of aphasia treatment and research will attend various lectures and workshops about new legislation, new techniques in therapy and to share ideas about living with aphasia. Speaking Out! 2006 will be held from June 15-18 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Aphasia, which affects over one million Americans, is a disruption in language, understanding or speaking usually resulting from stroke, head injury or brain tumors. Aphasic individuals often struggle with reading comprehension, writing or speaking and require speech-language therapy to overcome these difficulties.

Students in communication disorders programs from area universities will visit businesses in the downtown area prior to the conference to educate merchants about aphasia so that they will have a better understanding of the disability and can react in an “aphasia friendly” manner.

“Aside from offering a wealth of workshops and discussion groups during the conference, our goal is to create an ‘aphasia friendly’ environment for their stay here,” said Gloria Waters, PhD, dean of Boston University (BU) Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. “Since aphasia is often misunderstood, we are educating people in the area on how to interact more appropriately with an aphasic individual.”

Co-sponsors of this event include: BU Sargent College; the Aphasia Community Group of Boston; the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College; and the Harold Goodglass Aphasia Research Center.

To participate in the discount card distributed to attendees at the beginning of the conference, or to purchase a table at the banquet on June 16 in support of the Aphasia Community Group of Boston, please call Liz Hoover at 617-353-8967.

Boston University (BU) Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is an institution of higher education, research and clinical centers whose premier academic programs prepare dynamic health professionals and whose research and leadership in the health and rehabilitation sciences is actively shaping health care. BU Sargent College is the only private institution in the country offering five nationally ranked graduate programs in health and rehabilitation sciences. For more information and to learn about degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech, language and hearing sciences, health science, athletic training, nutrition, and rehabilitation counseling, visit http://www.bu.edu/sargent.