May 20th Aphasia Cafe

Aphasia Cafe: Take a Virtual Trip

Maybe we can’t technically go anywhere right now due to stay-at-home orders, but we can take a virtual trip. Museums, parks, nature centers, and visitor organizations are putting out videos that you can watch at home and feel like you’ve left your living room, even if it’s just for a few moments.

We’ve rounded up a few ideas to get you started, but feel free to leave the beaten path and search YouTube for a dream destination.

Locations to get you started:

We want to hear about your virtual trip during our next chat. That’s the topic we’re tackling in the next installment of our Aphasia Cafe series. These informal video chats bring the conversation and camaraderie of a face-to-face group into the comfort of your own living room.

All the Details

Everyone is welcome to our video chats, though they are structured specifically for people with aphasia in mind. Our chats are a mixture of people with aphasia, caregivers, and professionals who work with people who have aphasia. We ask that everyone uses aphasia-friendly communication.

Time

The next meeting is on May 20th at noon EST (that’s Eastern Standard Time).

Topic

The topic we’re discussing: Take a virtual trip (and tell us about it).

Download Zoom

Before the meeting, download Zoom, which is free video chat software for your computer or mobile device. If you’ve never used Zoom, check out our quick guide to installing and using Zoom.

Collect Your Thoughts

Our chats are HUGE (as in lots and lots of people), so let us walk you through the format so you know what to expect.

  • The form below contains a place where you can give a few thoughts you’d like to discuss connected to our meeting topic
  • We choose some answers and create slides so there will be text on the screen that you can read to aid communication
  • During the chat, we’ll ask you to elaborate on your answer while your slide is on the screen
  • Other people can chime in after you speak if they have thoughts they want to add
  • But don’t worry if you just want to listen and not speak. You can do that, too
  • If you DO want to chime in, there are two ways to do that during the chat––use the chat box OR use Zoom’s “raise hand” function. We’ll talk about how to do that in our reminder email and at the beginning of the chat
  • Remember, relax, take your time, and enjoy yourself. You’re in an aphasia-friendly space

Finally… RSVP (Yes, You Need to RSVP Each Time)

Sign up for each chat by filling out the form below. We’ll send you a reminder for the call beforehand along with a link to the meeting. You will not be able to join us without signing up. Sign up is open until Monday, April 20th at 8 am EST (again, Eastern Standard Time).

Still have questions? Send us an email about this chat to answers@aphasia.org. We’re happy to help.

Comments

3 Comments

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  • Robert Golden
    May 13, 2020 at 11:35 am

    I am interested in further help on my current APHASIA and how to get my APHASIA to understand the challenges associated with the process and frustration in listening and how she can help me but does not .

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  • Margaret
    May 19, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    What the Zoom open on 5/20?

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