Carol Dow-Richards, director of the Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC), will speak at the University Center for Language and Literacy from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Dow-Richards will discuss her experiences with her son’s aphasia as well as her work with the ARC. The event is free and registration is not required.
Since her son’s stroke, Dow-Richards has been an active advocate for people with aphasia. Her son David was diagnosed with global aphasia and paralysis at 10 years old. After his stroke, David came to the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (then called the Residential Aphasia Program) to work on his language recovery. David and his mother are both a source of knowledge and inspiration to those with aphasia.
Dow-Richards has co-authored Brain Attack: My Journey of Recovery from Stroke and Aphasia and ARC’s Guide to Living with Aphasia, published articles in Stroke Rehabilitation, spoken at national conferences for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and made appearances on television programs such as Good Morning America.
Dow-Richards’ advocacy was recognized by the Ohio Speech and Language Association with the Consumer Advocate Award. She is currently Director of ARC, winner of the National Stroke Association’s “Most Impactful” 2013 RAISE award.
The talk is open to the aphasia community. It will be held in Room 42 of the University Center for Language and Literacy, housed at the Victor Vaughan Building, 1111 E. Catherine St. Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109. Call (734) 764-8440 for more information.