Aphasia Awareness Month - June 2010

 

Members and staff at SCALE participated in a variety of community projects during June in recognition of Aphasia Awareness.

Herb Festival - SCALE members participated in the annual Baltimore Herb Festival sponsored by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and City of Baltimore Recreation & Parks. Members of SCALE assembled and manned tables with information boards and educational materials about aphasia and about services offered by SCALE. Flower and vegetable plants grown from seed by members of the horticulture program were featured on the exhibit tables and available for purchase.

To help raise awareness, each planted pot held a picture marker asking, “Aphasia is NOT a plant... so what is it?" The clever wording aroused interest and drew people in for a closer look to engage in conversations and learn more about aphasia and SCALE.

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Wetlands Project - Wetlands act as refuges for birds, blue crabs, striped bass, oysters, shad, otters, and other aquatic wildlife. Wetlands throughout the Chesapeake Bay region are being damaged or lost at an alarming rate as a result of coastal development, rising sea levels, and damage from non-native species.

SCALE partnered with the National Aquarium and other organizations throughout the Bay region to restore tidal wetlands through cleanups and grass plantings.
On June 9, 2010 members of SCALE, under the direction of Pam Cauley, our Center’s therapeutic recreational specialist, went to Westport near Cherry Hill to plant marsh grass that had been planted, grown and cared for in our greenhouse by SCALE members.

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Proclamations - SCALE was presented with a Certificate of Recognition from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for the Center’s contributions in raising awareness and providing services for people with aphasia. In addition, a Proclamation from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was received declaring June as Maryland Aphasia Awareness Month.

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Speaking Out Conference - On June 12th, 2010 the National Rehabilitation Hospital hosted the National Aphasia Association's regional Speaking Out Conference. Many of SCALE's staff, members and caregivers sponsored, attended and participated in the many programs that were available including the Survivor's Panel, the Communication Cafe and the Caregiver Panel. The conference was attended primarily by speech language pathologists, stroke survivors with aphasia and their caregivers. Everyone agreed that the conference was a very worthwhile experience!