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Event to focus on communication disorder called aphasia

June 1, 2007

KALAMAZOO--June has been designated National Aphasia Education Month, and faculty and students in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology will help members of the public learn more about the disorder at a special event on Thursday, June 7.

Aphasia is an impairment of the ability to use or comprehend words, usually resulting from a stroke or other brain injury. A free informational session offered in combination with a related photo exhibit runs from 10 a.m. to noon in the lobby of the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, 1000 Oakland Drive.

WMU students as well as people suffering from aphasia will be on hand in the KCMS first-floor lobby. The informational session is open to anyone who wants to learn more about aphasia, but it will be of particular interest to nurses, social workers, medical office staff and other health and allied health professionals who may come into contact with aphasia sufferers.

Attendees also are welcome to view a related photography exhibit titled "A Day with Aphasia." The photographs by John Walker of Richland, Mich., are on display in the WMU Unified Clinics on the fourth floor of the KCMS. The images chronicle a day in the life of Jack Webber, a Richland, Mich., man who suffered a stroke about 10 years ago.

For more information, contact Sandra Glista, a WMU master faculty specialist in speech pathology and audiology, at sandra.glista@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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