Film Screening Features Life with Aphasia

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The documentary “Speechless”, followed by expert discussion, is a free event during National Aphasia Awareness Month.

Only about 10% of people have heard of “aphasia”, a communication disability due to stroke or other neurologic condition, and yet it affects more Tampa Bay residents than other medical conditions that are better known, like ALS, or Parkinson’s disease, or Multiple Sclerosis. A local nonprofit is hosting a free event to help people understand aphasia and learn what they can to help the thousands of Tampa Bay residents who are affected by the condition.

“Speechless”: A Documentary

This one-hour documentary shows three stroke survivors struggling to regain their life after the loss of communication skills. Through their story we witness a quest for happiness and the real meaning of human communication.

The film will be followed by experts answering the audience’s questions about the film and about living with aphasia. Expert panelists include: Dr. Lynda Gurvitz, psychologist, Dr. Amar Talati, DO, Mary Lee Zawadski, Counselor and Healer, and Dr. Jackie Hinckley, speech-language pathologist.

Everyone can learn something about all the ways that we communicate with others each day, and be aware of how to make everyday interactions accessible.

The event will be held at two different locations. On Saturday, June 23, from 10 am – 12 pm, the film screening and panel discussion will be at the Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, FL. On Saturday, June 30, from 10 am – 12 pm, the same event will be held at the Sunshine Center Auditorium, 330 5th St N, St Petersburg, FL. The event is free and open to the public.

Voices of Hope for Aphasia is a registered 501(C)(3) nonprofit and the only community-based aphasia organization in West Florida for people living with aphasia and their families.

Additional Resources:

Read more and watch a trailer of the film: http://www.vohaphasia.org/speechless-free-film-screening-aphasia-awareness-month/

More about aphasia and Aphasia Awareness Month from the National Aphasia Association: https://www.aphasia.org/challenge/

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