Aphasia Outreach

Aphasia Outreach: Connecting Communities and Creating Change

Outreach is a powerful tool for bridging the gap between organizations and their communities. At its core, outreach is about connection. It’s a concerted effort to reach out to individuals and groups, understand their needs, and provide support. Outreach initiatives are pivotal in fostering relationships, building teamwork, and enhancing visibility for causes and organizations.

Aphasia Community Center, Inc. outreach members and volunteers, Hank Prince, Rick Reese, Tom Boyle, Becky Reese, and Dr. Donna Polelle shared compelling personal stories and information about aphasia at recent local aphasia outreach events. These events increased public knowledge about aphasia, shared resources, and rallied support for individuals and families affected by it. Four outreach events occurred between February and May 2024.

February 2024 – Stroke Wellness and Support Club at Sarasota Memorial Hospital

The Stroke Wellness and Support Club at Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) has a special division devoted to promoting education, wellness, and the management of stroke and neurological diseases.  They provide ongoing motivation, support, and personal time with a focus on you. For more information, call Stroke Information at 941-917-1043 or email Wanda at wanda-jackson@SMH.com.

March 2024 – Sara De Soto Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

The Sara De Soto Chapter, NSDAR, offers an opportunity to meet new people with similar interests, develop friendships, and to join with others in promoting the ideals of patriotism and love of country. They are happy to share their heritage and patriotic ride in being direct descendants of patriots who took part in the American Revolution. Click to learn more about the Sars De Soto Chapter.  Contact: 941-953-7955. If there is no answer, please leave a message and someone will get back with you.

April 2024 – Thrivent Member Network – Southeast

A Thrivent Member Network is a community of Thrivent clients who come together to make local impacts and reach financial goals. These networks allow members to connect with like-minded individuals in their communities, participate in community outreach, and engage in generosity programs.  Click to learn more about ThriventContact your Thrivent Member Network.

May 2024 – Manasota Professionals Networking Group

Manasota Professionals Networking Group is a long-lasting professional network that engages businesspeople from diverse backgrounds to cultivate and grow business through sharing ideas and developing relationships and referrals. Learn more about the Manasota Professionals Networking Group

In addition to these speaking engagements, the Aphasia Community Center, Inc. has another aphasia outreach program called the Aphasia Peer Mentor Program. Our Peer Mentors, Rick and Becky Reese, and Tom and Erika Boyle, work with newly diagnosed people with aphasia and their family members at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) Rehabilitation Pavilion. Their goal is to spread awareness about aphasia and give support to persons newly impacted by aphasia.

The ACC members and leadership team regularly perform speaking engagements and peer mentoring outreach activities. They have a passion to teach our local community about aphasia and the outstanding resources available to them through the ACC.

In a world where digital communication often takes precedence, the human touch of outreach reminds us of the importance of face-to-face interactions and the power of community. It reminds us that, at the end of the day, we’re all in this together, striving for a better, more connected world. So, let’s embrace aphasia outreach and the countless opportunities it presents for making a difference, one person, one community at a time.

If you want the Aphasia Community Center, Inc. to present to your organization, please email or call us at 941-500-4748.