The Blog, ASHA, and Aphasia Corner Service
by Ognjen Todic on November 11, 2010
I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the last five months, the time in which we have been running the Aphasia Corner Blog. I also wanted to share some information about the service we are working on, as well as talk about the up-coming ASHA conference in Philadelphia which I plan to attend.
Since we started the Aphasia Corner Blog in mid-June, we’ve published twenty posts, approximately one post per week. These posts have spanned the variety of categories available on the blog: Experts Talk, Caregivers Perspective, Living with Aphasia, Computer Tips, and Aphasia Corner.
The first post Aphasia is NOT a Plant described our goals with Aphasia Corner Blog and the service. The majority of posts were contributed by guest authors; I‘d like to take a moment to thank them again for their contributions. We’ve had posts written by people with aphasia, caregivers, as well as therapists and researchers in the field of aphasia.
Three most popular posts so far were:
- Ten Things You Should Know About People with Aphasia, by SCALE Ambassadors
- The Public Awareness of Aphasia Around the World, by Dr. Chris Code
- When Aphasia Doesn’t Go Away: Some Thoughts on Living With It, by Dr. Audrey Holland
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- United States 60%
- Australia 9%
- United Kingdom 8%
- Canada 5%
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About the Aphasia Corner Service
We’ve been working hard on the development of the online service. Our plan for the Aphasia Corner service is to gradually build out the service; in the near future we will open up the service with a single feature and then continue to extend it over 2011 with additional features. The first feature we are working on is an aphasia-friendly news module. Users will be able to listen/read news stories in various categories via a custom-built application that runs in the web browser
We have built an early version of this feature and have started testing it with people who have aphasia. The general feedback has been great and we look forward to opening up the application to the general public.
If you are interested in participating in the beta-testing please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org). In order to use the application you will only need a computer with an internet connection, and a headset.
For those of you who have not heard of ASHA; it is an annual conference for the American Speech and Hearing Association. It is, by far, the largest conference where researchers and speech and langauge therapists gather and present data on their research.
I will be attending ASHA this year. If you are a reader of this blog and plan to be at ASHA, please say hi if you see me at the conference.