Canadian premiere of After Words to take place at March of Dimes Camp for people living with aphasia
From September 20 - 23, 2013, March of Dimes Canada is offering an Aphasia Camp at the Salvation Army Conference Centre at Jackson's Point. To open the camp on September 20, there will be a free screening of After Words, a 55-minute documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Vincent Straggas and co-creator, Jerome Kaplan, speech-language pathologist and founder of the Aphasia Community Group of Boston.
Aphasia is the partial or total loss of the ability to articulate ideas or comprehend spoken or written language, resulting from damage to the brain caused by injury, stroke or disease. People with aphasia may have problems speaking, understanding speech, using numbers or reading and writing. These difficulties can range from mild to severe in nature. The condition causes communication challenges, but is not a sign of reduced intelligence. Aphasia does not affect the ability to think, reason, or understand. Rather, people with aphasia know what they want to say, but have trouble putting their thoughts into words.
Approximately 20% of stroke survivors have aphasia; or an estimated 40,000 people in Ontario alone.
During this three-day camp, supported by community organizations, speech-language pathologists and volunteers, campers holiday in an aphasia-friendly environment. They enjoy new or adapted recreational and leisure activities, and learn and share with others who are living with aphasia. The camp has proven to have a remarkable positive and lasting effect on aphasia survivors and their families.
After Words features famed neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, Tony Award-winning actress Julie Harris, Grammy Award-winning musician Bobby McFerrin, as well as leading neurologists, authors and clinicians. After Words movingly illuminates the struggles and triumphs of individuals touched by aphasia and related disorders.
The screening will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. on Friday, September 20, with time for a discussion after the airing. For more information please contact Gemma Woticky at firstname.lastname@example.org