The Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC) helps give a voice to the 43,000 Houstonians living with this speech disorder.
Houston, Texas, May 15, 2015 – June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, a resolution that was launched in 2007 to raise awareness about this relatively unknown speech disorder that affects over 2 million Americans. Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to produce and process language but does not affect intelligence. As a result of aphasia, a person can have difficulties with speaking, understanding, reading and writing. The most common causes of aphasia are stroke and traumatic brain injury.
For the estimated 43,000 Houstonians living with aphasia, essential communication and everyday social interaction become major obstacles. Individuals with aphasia often experience additional health problems, decreased quality of life, depression, and social isolation. The Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC) is a non-profit wellness center for persons with aphasia and their caregivers. HARC believes that their participants can live successfully with aphasia and is dedicated to providing opportunities for language recovery, education, resources and advocacy.
HARC will recognize Aphasia Awareness Month with a wide range of events in June. These events will encourage public education and understanding of aphasia and give the opportunity to persons with aphasia to share their experiences with the community.
June 3rd- 2:00pm to 4:00pm
HARC is committed to serving all people affected by aphasia in the Greater Houston area. On Wednesday, June 3rd HARC will launch a satellite at the Third Ward Multiservice Center. This satellite will provide a conversation group using Supportive Communication techniques. HARC will be hosting a kickoff party to celebrate this expansion into a community currently underserved. The Third Ward Multiservice Center is located at 3611 Ennis Street, Houston, Texas 77004.
June 5th- 12:00 pm to 2:00pm
For the many Spanish speaking individuals living with aphasia in our community there has been a lack of support and resources for long-term recovery. HARC en Español will offer HARC’s same language-based programs in Spanish every Friday. The kickoff celebration will be held at HARC on Friday, June 5th.
June 10th- 11:30am to 1:00pm
The HARC Heralds, aphasia rehabilitation choir, has been selected to perform at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market at City Hall on Wednesday, June 10th. Although aphasia causes difficulty speaking, HARC’s therapeutic music program provides participants a way to express themselves through song. The HARC Heralds will be performing a medley of inspirational tunes starting at noon. Please come support these courageous men and women as they share their beautiful message of recovery and hope.
June 19th- 8:00am to 3:00 pm
HARC is excited to announce a Continuing Education Unit for local medical professionals on the topic of Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). This CEU will offer two expert speakers on this rare and often misdiagnosed form of aphasia. To register for this CEU visit www.harctx.org.
The Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC) is the premier resource in Houston for those whose lives are affected by aphasia and for the medical community. Participants and caregivers come to HARC for supported communication, recreation, and camaraderie to participate fully in life. At HARC, we dedicate ourselves to generating awareness and support, facilitating research, and fostering wellness and recovery in a life-affirming environment.
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Aphasia Awareness Month, dedicated to spreading awareness, support, and the stories and lives of those with aphasia.
(May. 8 2014) Houston, Texas – The Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC), a Houston-based non-profit dedicated to serving persons with aphasia, announces that they will host a month-long of events in recognition of National Aphasia Awareness month. One of the highlights of the month is the screening of actor Carl McIntyre’s movie, Aphasia the movie at Studio Movie Grill in Houston’s popular City Centre June 12, 2014 at 7:00p.m. The screening will be followed by a forum made up of health care expert Dr. Francisco, Speech Language Pathologists who are experts in aphasia, aphasia survivors, and caregivers.
Aphasia Awareness month seeks to heighten awareness of those living with aphasia by creating a platform igniting community involvement and recognition for the disorder. “Aphasia Awareness month gives people the opportunity to identify with me and what I’m going through,” said a HARC participant. “The movie screening is about my language disorder, and I’m excited to see the city of Houston getting involved.”
There are an estimated 43,000 people living with aphasia in Houston, Texas. HARC provides premiere services and resources for people living in Houston with aphasia, and their caregivers. Aphasia can occur after a stroke or brain injury and impairs one’s verbal communication skills and ability to understand others. Aphasia, more common than Parkinson’s Disease or Muscular Dystrophy, affects nearly one in every 250 people.
Aphasia Awareness month is dedicated to spreading awareness for aphasia. The Aphasiamovietells the true story of actor Carl McIntyre’s massive stroke he suffered at the age of 44 - he lost his ability to read, write, and speak. Starring as himself, McIntyre gives the audience an inside perspective about his life story with an incredibly poignant performance. Through humor and recovery Aphasiaspeaks to anyone who has struggled to meet life’s challenges.
Third Annual Let's Talk Luncheon
Luncheon chairs, Kristi and Ken Breaux, with honorary chairs, Annette and George Strake, welcomed over 450 guests to honor Dr. Blair Justice at the River Oaks Country Club for the “Let’s Talk Luncheon,” on March 7, 2013, benefiting the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC). The event was a touching tribute to Dr. Justice, who, after suffering a stroke in 2008 with resulting aphasia, helped found HARC and made it his legacy.
Luncheon speaker, Sean Maloney, former Chairman of Intel China, shared the compelling story of his life with aphasia and inspirational journey to find his voice again. Maloney, who has been described as “one of the world’s best communicators,” captivated the guests with his dynamic words expressing that, even faced with aphasia, the most important lesson is to “NEVER GIVE UP.”
Allison Hay, HARC Executive Director, and Rita Justice, HARC Board Chairman, spoke with all four shifts of the Freeport Police department on November 1 and 2, at 5:30 pm. Allison and Rita traveled to Freeport to educated police officers in understanding aphasia and in learning ways to communicate with persons that have aphasia.
HARC Presents at ASHA
Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC) presented "Evolution of a Wellness Center for Persons with Aphasia" at the 2012 American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on November 15-17, 2012. Stephanie Schmadeke and Melissa Irvin, HARC's resident Speech Language Pathologists, along with HARC Board members Dr. Lynn M. Maher, chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston, and Rita Justice, HARC founder and Chairman described a non-profit community based wellness program for persons with chronic aphasia.
CBS Radio Houston interview with Dr. Rita Justice (HARC Board Chair) and host, Mystic Matthews.