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Aphasia-friendly documents created by UNC graduate students in the Division of Speech and Hearing Science

Students in our program work with community members to create print material that is accessible to people with aphasia. Sometimes they create new documents and other times they modify documents that are difficult for people with aphasia to read. Here are some documents we want to share with you:


What is aphasia?(Rosally Aguilar) In Spanish (Rosally Aguilar)
Aphasia education (Ginni Lam)
Stroke in the hospital (Stephanie Brodowski)
Stroke material  (Ruthy Xu)
Derrame cerebral (stroke) (Kiarra Hill: in Spanish)
Stroke prevention (Cassie Doster)
Stroke prevention (Mary Beth Bardin)
Guide to self-love (Lena Wedeen)
Keeping your brain active (Blair Schwab)
Words for feelings (Shaye Metrick-Chen)
Self-advocacy (Erika Sudbrink)
Sharing your story (Kourtney Jakobowski, Audrey Donovan)
Unhelpful thinking habits (Audrey McMillion, Laura Mayhall)
Positive qualities diary (Kourtney Jakobowski, Audrey Donovan)
Positive qualities survey (Kourtney Jakobowski, Audrey Donovan)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Ian Kim) In Spanish (Karen Ortiz)

Conversation support:

Conversation supports for a person with aphasia  (Anna Weinberg) In Spanish (Amy Munekata)
Conversation supports for a care-partner (Anna Weinberg) In Spanish (Amy Munekata)
Tips for finding words (Meredith Borton & Sarah Kelly)

Autonomy support:

Consent for treatment (Mandie Oslund)
Communication bill of rights (Jordan Jarrett) In Spanish (Karen Ortiz)
Levels of assist: (Jennifer Barry, Bridget Carlile) In Spanish (Amy Munekata)
Independent practice (Lorraine Smith) In Spanish (Karen Ortiz)


Connecting iPhone with Hearing Aid (Joe Hall)
iPhone(Michael Smith)
iPhone app instructions (Addie Frances)
Aphasia Apps (Ruthy Xu)

Swallowing and eating:

What is dysphagia? (Danielle Campion)
Dysphagia management (Mandie Oslund, Bridget Carlile) In Spanish (Amy Munekata)
Swallowing exercises (Amy Munekata)
Modified barium swallow study (Bridget Carlile)
Thickened liquids (Lily Radack) 
Mechanical soft diet (Sophie Bowen) In Spanish (Karen Ortiz)
Chopped diet (Sophie Bowen) In Spanish (Karen Ortiz)
Honey thick liquid (Meredith Borton, Sarah Kelly)
Nectar thick liquid (Meredith Borton, Sarah Kelly)
Respiratory muscle training (Sophie Bowen)
GERD information (Marie Payne)

Community resources:

Prepare for emergencies (Caroline Traub)
Transportation supports for older adults (Mandie Oslund)
Disability parking application (Juliana Powell)
One stop shop (Mandie Oslund)
Studio policies (Joel Fairchild) In Spanish (Karen Ortiz)
Coffee menu(Heather Shelton)
Cookie recipe (Cameron Coppala)


Our work is based on the workshop See Things My Way from the March of Dimes Canada Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program The workshop was developed by Rick Berry and Ruth Patterson.

If you would like more information about the training workshop, please contact Ruth Patterson, M.Sc. Reg. CASLPO, Clinical Coordinator, Alternative Communication Services, March of Dimes Canada, 13311 Yonge Street, Suite 202, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4E 3L6; Phone: (905) 773-7758 x 6268; Fax: (905) 773-3746;


Overview of image resources, courtesy of the UNC Health Sciences Library.