Side By Side Event

March 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today has been the final event with the side by side project. Today was arranged to show the people at Speakeasy the work we had produced for this project and for the cause. We  showed all our public information films, which you can see in the ‘Help Raise Awareness’ Page at the bottom. They are all on youtube and have been linked, you are welcome to share the work with anyone you would like to.

We also are providing each person, who has came from Speakeasy, with a pack that will hopefully allow them to learn how to access the internet, social networking sites in particular. This will allow them to communicate with more people and get practice with communicating with other people. Along with this pack, there has been ‘Moo Cards’ printed out to be used as reference cards and communication aids. The cards have a basic description of phrase which defines what Aphasia is and allows the sufferer to get past the barrier of explaining their difficulties.

The graphics for the ‘Moo Cards’ have been uploaded up to the ‘Help Raise Awareness’ page of the blog for those, who didn’t manage to come to the event. There are various sizes and versions and these can be used to print out or be used maybe as a ‘signature’ for the bottom of emails to spread the word that little further.

Please feel free to download the files and share them with people.

I would like to take this chance to thank everyone who came to the event today and for their input throughout this project. It’s been extremely helpful and hopefully we can keep spreading the word. Our project is going to be featured in the local STV news tomorrow night.

Films Finished!

March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

I just thought I’d make a quick post to post up our short Public Information Film.

It’s up on youtube for the world to see, hopefully people can take a 2 minutes out of their life to watch a basic film. Hopefully it informs people enough to make them want to know more about Aphasia. Thats exactly what we were aiming for.


March 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

We are getting on quite well with our public information films. The official hand in is tomorrow and we are putting the finishing touches to it today so it’s ready to show to our tutors and class tomorrow. Once we have presented it, we will post it up here for those who want to see it now or can’t actually make it to the side by side event next Thursday.

In other news, recently Aphasia has been in the press a lot to raise awareness of the ‘Act FAST’ campaign. As you can see in the video below, the news reporter has no idea what Aphasia actually is and has to ask the guest on the show to explain it. We are hoping to stop this happening with these videos we are making in our assignment.

Sarah Scott, now 19, is a young Aphasia sufferer who had a stroke when she was 18, while in an English class, she collapsed and her fellow class mates noticed all the symptoms and called an ambulance. They knew what to look out for thanks to the Act FAST advert. The fast action from her classmates meant she managed to get rushed into hospital for clot busting treatment and is recovering well as a result. The reason Sarah had a stroke was she had a hole in her heart but this wasn’t discovered until after her stroke. It has now been repaired. I’m sure I can speak for everyone when I say, it’s inspirational to see videos about people like Sarah, I’m very glad she’s doing well!

So everyone needs to remember these things to look out for.

Face. – Has their face fallen on one side? Can they Smile?

Arms. – Can they raise both arms and keep them there?

Speech. – Is their speech slurred?

Time. – Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs.

Public Information Films

March 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Our latest project assignment is to create a public information film aimed at people who don’t know about aphasia.

It will provide basic facts about Aphasia and direct people to this blog for further information. We need to find some quick facts that we can use and put them in. Some thing thats going to hit home and make people aware of what is happening to people around them and they haven’t noticed. Do you know any facts that you feel would be good for this film?

Filming is taking place tomorrow and we will edit it and get it up on here for anyone who would like to see it.

There is soon to be another Side by Side event, on the 31st of March, in the Dalhousie Building at the University of Dundee. The event is for the people at Speakeasy and Speakability to see what we’ve got done during this semester and what we have succeeded in doing in our awareness campaign. We will be showing each groups public information film and will have people from the RSA and the NHS to see how we’ve got on. Laorag, the speech and language therapist who has been working with our module group and the Speakeasy group has been designing aids for the people at Speakeasy to use in public to make people more aware of Aphasia. She will be showing the two new things she has for everyone at this event.

Hope to see you there.

Speakeasy Meeting

February 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today’s Speakeasy meeting was very interesting and very welcoming.

The meeting started by welcoming in everyone who visited from the university and anyone who was new to the group, there were 3 new people this week and they were all introduced to everyone.

This month they were addressing a problem they’ve came across recently when the groups began to get a lot bigger, the problem being that not a lot of people knew each others names. Eddie Gazowski, a member of the Speakeasy group had suggested that everyone had his or her photos taken to wear as a name badge. After asking the group, a lot of people think it’s a good idea.

To help encourage people to communicate with each other, Laorag, the speech therapist who has helped with our project and works with the group, started a conversation with everyone asking questions. She asked questions such as ‘Who likes Dr. Who?’, ‘Who has visited New York?’ and ‘Who had porridge for their breakfast?’, whoever put their hand up was asked to say their name to the group to try help introduce themselves and let people know a little something about themselves. This seemed to help the group loosen up into the meeting and after this exercise, the group seemed very upbeat and comfortable. The room had a great atmosphere.

After discussing the problem about the lacking in knowledge about Aphasia with the group, everyone agreed that they needed to help get people educated and inform people of what they struggle with. One of the members in the group mentioned that her husband uses an information card while getting on the bus and it helps him a lot. It’s just a basic card saying,‘I have had a stroke, I have aphasia, please be patient.’ Another member mentions he keeps that card clipped to the back of his bus pass as that is when he needs it the most.

In the near future the group hope to have a meeting with someone in National Express to try and raise awareness in the buses in town. This will hopefully help build the confidence of the members of the group and hopefully mean they use public transport more frequently.

One thing that stood out from that meeting is that we need to get the word out about Aphasia.

Speakeasy Tayside

February 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Tomorrow some of the group will be attending one of the once monthly meet ups with the Dundee Speakeasy group. It takes place at 1.30pm in the DCA, Dundee.

Speakeasy are a group of people who meet who either have Aphasia or are in some way affected by Aphasia. At the meetings every month there is different things happening. Tomorrow we will be using the time to ask people if there is anything they would like us to include in the blog. We will also be speaking to them to get research for the blog on how they have been affected.

Speakeasy are part of the national charity, Speakability, who help to connect people with Aphasia and provide support through their self help groups which are run by people with Aphasia for people with Aphasia. Along with providing support, they also do a lot of fundraising through sponsored activities and donations. Donations can be given on their website and go towards funding for the self help groups.

After the meeting tomorrow we will update you with what happened and keep you informed of any meetings in the future.


February 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Welcome to our blog.

We are a group of design students hoping to help raise awareness of Aphasia through this website. It will hopefully inform enough people, who don’t know what Aphasia is, so they can inform others. We also aim to help reassure sufferers, and their families, what exactly Aphasia is and how it might affect their everyday life, but not necessarily change their quality of life. We hope to reassure that it is manageable and there is often hope for a great recovery.

We hope to keep this blog updated with local events and meetings, near Dundee, with hope that it might spread the word to more people. We will hopefully attend some of the Speakeasy meetings through the coming months to help keep us informed to, therefore, keep you informed.

Anything you feel we may have missed or you would just like us to post about to inform others about, just post a comment below and we will get in touch.

Thank you!
Fiona, Linsey, Greg, Martin, Chris and Rob.
2nd year Design Students, Dundee University