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June 20, 2006

UI Offers Free Program On Communication Difficulties Of Aphasia

People with aphasia can think normally, but have difficulty communicating. To learn more about aphasia and how it is treated, the public is welcome to a free University of Iowa presentation at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, in the Assembly Room of the Iowa City Senior Center at 28 S. Linn St. in Iowa City.

The event will feature students and faculty from the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

People who have had a stroke or brain injury and now have difficulty speaking or understanding speech may have aphasia. The condition affects more than one million individuals in the United States.

The UI presentation is part of National Aphasia Awareness Month, which was declared by the National Aphasia Association. Visit the association online at www.aphasia.org.

For more information, contact Jean Gordon, Ph.D., UI assistant professor in speech pathology and audiology, at jean-k-gordon@uiowa.edu or 319-335-8729.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660 becky-soglin@uiowa.edu; Program: Jean Gordon, jean-k-gordon@uiowa.edu,319-335-8729