Triangle Aphasia Project Papers Accepted for Professional Conferences
Leaders of Triangle Aphasia Project Unlimited (TAP), presented five papers at two professional associations’ conferences in the fall of 2018.
Maura Silverman, M.S., CCC/SLP, Founder/Executive Director of the Triangle Aphasia Project Unlimited, was invited to present two papers at IARC 2018, the International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference: “Aphasia Connects: Engaging Individuals with Aphasia with Community Volunteer Opportunities” and “Communication Support Teams: An Innovative and Accessible Service Delivery Model for Aphasia Programs.” IARC 2018 was held at the University of Aveiro in Aveiro, Portugal, September 5-7. The submissions were concurrently accepted for publication within the Aphasiology journal.
In addition to this incredible professional honor, Silverman and TAP group leaders Candace Seibert and Kristine Strobbia were invited to present papers at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The convention was held in Boston, Mass., November 15-17.
Silverman, Seibert, and Strobbia discussed “Aphasia Connects: Engaging Individuals with Aphasia with Community Volunteer Opportunities.”
Silverman also presented two additional seminars, one in collaboration with Dr. Roberta Elman, M.S., CCC/SLP, entitled “Moving Beyond Aphasia: Applying C.A.P.E.’s Evidence-Based Checklist Across a Variety of Settings and Populations.” C.A.P.E., an acronym for “Connect, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Partner Training and Education.”, provides a guideline for essential treatment of communication disorders. Elman was President and CEO of the Aphasia Center of California in Oakland, CA at the time of the conference.
Aphasia Connects started in 2017 with a $25,000 grant from The Ribbon of Hope program of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. The program allowed for a unique collaboration between neighboring nonprofits, Read and Feed, Inc and TAP. The featured activities helped people with aphasia reengage in the community, while improving their communicative confidence in social settings.
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.