Communication Access Is Bigger Than One Month A Year

That's why the coalition of organizations that came together for this year's Aphasia Awareness Month are continuing the campaign, channeling the energy from this past June into a year-long effort to champion communication access.

It's hard to imagine now, but 30 years ago, millions of Americans with physical disabilities couldn't access public spaces, businesses, and other facilities they needed to live a full, rewarding life - there were stairs instead of ramps, signs without Braille, pedestrian signs without tones for the deaf. Now, those are relics of an era that disregarded the lives of those with disabilities, but there is still more work to be done.

The communication barrier presented by aphasia can create problems - like health professionals not understanding what their patients with aphasia are trying to say, or inaccurate assumptions by the public - but what is often misunderstood is that individuals with aphasia still think and process life's experiences the same way they did before aphasia. 

If healthcare professionals, loved ones, and communities remain untrained in communication access techniques, every interaction, relationship, and future independence will be undermined by erroneous assumptions which often lead to devastating consequences. With the strides made by the Americans with Disabilities Act, why hasn't communication access become as ubiquitous as wheelchair ramps or signs with Braille? 

Regardless of setting - acute care or rehab, community-based day programs, or any general business, this poster reminds us of simple lessons we can use to be a more inclusive society and improve the care of all patients, not only those with aphasia. 

We have updated our poster and social media posts below to make them timeless and appropriate to proudly display or post throughout the year. Our efforts continue to focus on digital awareness to expand the campaign's reach. Will you help us?

The links below will enable you to:

  • Download and print an updated version of the infographic poster to hang in your facility and around your community
  • Share the link with colleagues, friends, and local businesses, encouraging them to print and hang the poster for awareness
  • Post pre-written social media content directly to your feeds
  • Upload special social media mastheads to your Twitter and Facebook accounts

Tag Aphasia Access, and we'll amplify your post!

And we thank you for your help in our efforts to create a more inclusive society.  

Social Media Ready for You to Post

Communication Access Poster

  

This Year-Round Focus on Communication Access Is Made Possible By

   


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
, Constant Therapy, Lingraphica and the National Stroke Association