Welcome to the University of Michigan Virtual Aphasia Social Hour for February 2021! This month, join us for some fun and engaging conversations about Valentine’s Day, life lessons, and share your personal aphasia experience! The online social hours are hosted weekly at 4 p.m. (Eastern) each Thursday. They are free, but you must register to get a personalized link to join.
This month we explore the following topics:
- Feb. 11 – Love is in the air! Tell us about a memorable Valentine’s Day. Was it the second grade when Becky Harper broke your tender heart? How did that blind date go that one year? Are you an anti-Valentine’s Day advocate? We want to hear all about it.
- Feb. 18 – Share a personal story involving a life lesson that you learned, a funny situation, or a moment in time that you often reflect on from your past. Bring photos and mementos to share!
- Feb. 25 – You’re the expert! What are the things you wished people knew about aphasia? What would make life easier for you? What is super frustrating? Lay it on us.
When you register, you have the option to sign up for them all or just the weeks you’d like to join in. The social hours provide a much needed-chance to relate and meet with others in the aphasia community. Building confidence and staying social are some of the best things you can do for yourself and loved ones when aphasia is a part of your life.
What to Expect
Each social hour is typically 40-65 minutes long and includes interaction with others with aphasia as well as care partners. It’s a great way to stay social and to practice communication skills in a low-pressure setting. The social hours are free and voluntary sessions and are not therapy or offered in place of therapy.
New to Zoom or Online Teleconferencing?
Check out our Aphasia-friendly guide to using online meeting software: UMAP’s Guide to Joining Zoom from a Computer
About the U-M Aphasia Program and UCLL
The University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL) is committed to helping people of all ages find meaningful ways to communicate. UCLL is part of the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) at the University of Michigan. MARI provides high-quality, individualized mental health, neuropsychological testing, and language and literacy services to the community through its service centers, including UCLL, University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF), and University Psychological Clinic.