Boston University Receives Grant from the Boston Foundation to Establish Aphasia Community Resource Center

in Health & Medicine, News Releases, Sargent College
June 29th, 2006

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

(Boston) – Boston University (BU) Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences has just been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Boston Foundation to establish an Aphasia Community Resource Center.

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

The Aphasia Community Resource Center at BU Sargent College will enhance such communication skills and increase the well-being of stroke survivors affected by aphasia and their families living in the greater Boston area. The Center will provide a critical resource for aphasic individuals to receive ongoing therapy beyond the brief period covered by insurance.

Therapy will focus on the enhancement of communication, cognitive and motor skills in the context of everyday activities, such as conversation, music groups, book clubs, computer classes and cooking.

“This grant will help us provide a much needed resource for individuals with aphasia and their families,” said Gloria Waters, Ph.D., dean of BU Sargent College. “Although we currently offer a limited number of therapy groups for individuals with aphasia, this grant will enable the existing groups to meet more frequently and will allow us increase our programming and the number of participants we can accommodate.”

Additionally, the Center will offer hands-on training for graduate students from BU Sargent College who are learning to become speech-language pathologists as well as other rehabilitation health care professionals.

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.

The Boston Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, has an endowment of close to $731 million. Last year, the Foundation made grants of more than $60 million to nonprofit organization and received gifts of $73 million. The Boston Foundation is made up of 850 separate charitable funds, which have been established by donors either for the general benefit of the community of for special purposes. The Foundation also serves as a civic leader, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives designed to build community. For more information about the Boston Foundation and its grand making, visit www.tbf.org, or call 617-338-1700.

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