An aphasia-friendly guide to Yosemite Valley received the 2013 "most creative" award in the annual Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence program of the National Stroke Association.
"A Visual Guide to Visiting Yosemite Valley" (bit.ly/yosemite-aphasia-guide) is a project of The National Park Services in collaboration with California State University East Bay's Aphasia Treatment Program and the Yosemite Conservancy. The annual RAISE awards, announced in October 2013, recognize individuals and groups' exceptional stroke awareness activities. The most creative designation, which recognizes imaginative, novel ways to increase stroke awareness, is one of seven RAISE award categories.
The National Park Services, the California State University East Bay Aphasia Treatment Program, and a group of stroke and brain injury survivors -- with funding through a grant from the Yosemite Conservancy -- collaborated to develop the aphasia-friendly guide.
Former speech-language pathologist Jan Avent and her husband funded the grant. Avent, founder of CSUEB's Aphasia Treatment Program and a Yosemite Conservancy board member, also set the project in motion.
"I am incredibly grateful to all of the individuals who contributed to the success of this groundbreaking achievement," Avent said, "and I applaud the National Stroke Association for recognizing Yosemite National Park with the RAISE award.