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Kean University’s Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disabilities to Co-sponsor Aphasia Workshop

UNION - The Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disabilities at Kean University, the Aphasia Network of New Jersey, and Adler Aphasia Center will co-sponsor a workshop, Advocacy and Aphasia: Perspectives from Our Elected Officials, on Friday, March 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Kean’s East Campus building located at 215 North Avenue in Hillside, N.J. New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, will deliver the keynote address.

Senator Weinberg, whose mother and sister both suffered strokes resulting in aphasia, will discuss how New Jersey’s elected officials are working on behalf of persons with these conditions. Weinberg was elected senator in 2005 and currently serves as chair of the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizen’s Committee.

The workshop will also feature remarks and panel discussions with Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) and Middlesex County Sheriff Joseph C. Spicuzzo. Each speaker will share their expertise in the political arena and their own personal experience with aphasia.

The cost of the workshop is $15 for individuals who pre-register by March 10 and $20 at the door. A continental breakfast and lunch are included. Please mail checks and pre-registration forms to: Kean University, Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disabilities, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. 07083. For more information about the workshop, visit www.kean.edu/~ialcd or call 908-737-5811.

Kean University’s Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disabilities offers individualized services for clients and families living in New Jersey. Services range from individual and group speech-language therapy to specialized training programs, counseling, client and caregiver support groups. Masters-level student clinicians under the supervision of licensed speech-language pathologists work with clients to achieve maximum recovery and to learn new ways to compensate for lost skills.