Speech-language pathology graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host the fifth annual Aphasia Awareness Walk beginning at 9 a.m. June 8 at the Barkley Memorial Center.
Registration for the one-mile walk is $15 per person and $10 for senior citizens. Children ages 5 and under are free. Group registration for teams of 4-9 participants is also available for $10 per person.
Online registration is available until June 7. Individuals may also register the morning of the event beginning at 8:30. Following the Aphasia Awareness Walk, there will be lawn games available at the Barkley Center.
The walk was established in 2015 to generate greater awareness about aphasia, a disorder of understanding and using symbols, most evident in difficulty using or understanding language. Aphasia is caused by damage to the brain, often as the result of a stroke.
Proceeds from the Aphasia Awareness Walk will benefit the Barkley Speech Language and Hearing Clinic’s aphasia programming. The Barkley Clinic supports an aphasia group and individual services for people with aphasia, as well as the Aphasia Community Partners program. These services help people with aphasia participate in community activities which seek to improve social engagement and decrease isolation.
For more information about the Aphasia Community Partners program or the Aphasia Awareness Walk, visit the Special Education and Communication Disorders website.