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Connect collaborates in Scotland

17 September 2007

Connect was delighted to be invited to present a Symposium at the recent British Aphasiology Society Biennial International Conference in Edinburgh.

British Aphasiology Conference September 2007

(left to right) Dr Madeleine Cruice, Carole Pound, Alan Hewitt and Dr Bronwyn Davidson.

The symposium was titled 'Engagement and Aphasia' and was an international venture! Alan Hewitt and Carole Pound from Connect worked on the project with Madeleine Cruice from City University, and Bronwyn Davidson from the University of Queensland, Judy Duchan from America and seven voluntary sector organisations in the Aphasia Alliance (Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, Dyscover, Speakability, Speechmatters, Speakeasy and The Stroke Association).

The symposium aimed to start a debate about what engagement means to those of us who work with people with aphasia. Carole Pound set the context for the symposium with a definition and examples of engagement. This work drew on input from representatives of seven organisations in the Aphasia Alliance. Bronwyn presented her research findings on conversation and friendship. Alan Hewitt, who has aphasia, presented a personal view of what engagement means to him at work and the importance of thinking about the type of relationship not just the type of activity. And finally Maddie gave an overview of different ways people with aphasia and other conditions can take part in research and start to drive the research agenda.

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