June is Aphasia Awareness Month

York Durham Aphasia Centre (YDAC), a program of March of Dimes Canada, is holding a series of fundraisers to help raise awareness of aphasia

Throughout June, YDAC will be holding Walk ‘n’ Roll fundraisers to help celebrate Aphasia Awareness Month. Participants take pledges from friends, family, neighbours, coworkers, etc., in return for a commitment to walk, or roll in their YDAC location. Some groups will add a potluck lunch to the festivities. Click here to find out about any YDAC Walk'n'Roll events scheduled in your community.

The Walk ‘n’ Roll is the perfect opportunity to foster a spirit of community involvement and support a great cause. The event is open to people of all ages and abilities. Funds will be raised by YDAC clients, staff and volunteers and will fund critical programs and services for persons who have survived a stroke, a brain injury or who face other health challenges and are living with aphasia and/or related communication disorders. Walk ‘n’ Roll events will be held in Vaughan, Stouffville, Newmarket, Whitby, Peterborough and Maple. These events will also be held with fundraisers to support Aphasia Camps in Ontario.

The Walk ‘n’ Rolls help raise awareness of aphasia - 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 1/3  of stroke survivors will have aphasia.

The York Durham Aphasia Centre is a program of March of Dimes Canada. YDAC offers services and programs for people touched by aphasia and related communication disorders. Group communication programs help clients re-enter community life, one step at a time. On a wider scale, YDAC promotes aphasia awareness, education and research. YDAC helps knit these local and wider-ranging groups and interests into a broad community of adults living with aphasia and/or related communication disorders.

YDAC staff members and volunteers sit on the Board of Aphasia United, a collective of organizations of people living with aphasia, aphasia service providers, and aphasia researchers. To recognize the month, Aphasia United has created a logo contest to create an internationally-recognized symbol of aphasia that will help raise awareness of the condition.

For more information please contact Ruth Patterson at rpatterson@marchofdimes.ca​  ​

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