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Every. Second. Counts. When stroke hits, acting FAST means recognizing and responding at the first sign by calling 9-1-1 and getting to a hospital where lifesaving treatment can be given if a person arrives in time.
Everyone must know the warning signs to save lives.

That’s why the National Stroke Association is asking you to take the Five Faces Pledge right this second. It’s simple—just tell five people you care about exactly what to look for and the importance of acting FAST.

The National Stroke Association is shooting for 2,500 pledges in the next week to help launch National Stroke Awareness Month with more support than ever. Raising awareness now could mean your parent or neighbor gets the critical care they need during a stroke.

Making good on the pledge is easy. They have tools available to share with your network through email, Facebook and Twitter.

Now is our chance to break through the noise and champion this lifesaving cause.

Click here to take the Five Faces Pledge. When you tell five friends about stroke, you’ll be saving lives.

Millions of families are affected by stroke annually, and more than 100,000 people are at risk of dying this year. But if warning signs are recognized and responded to quickly, medical intervention can make for thousands of promising futures.

By teaming up with National Stroke Association, you’ll be aligned with an organization that helps give people the tools to keep our families healthy and happy. There’s no better way to spread the word than through this amazing grassroots movement.

Can we count you in on the Five Faces Pledge?

Telling your stroke story helps us save lives.

We call them Faces of Stroke… these stories of real people surviving and thriving and the stories of those who help them through it. Dozens of personal stories were shared last year on our website through our Faces of Stroke campaign, and we’re looking to do even more this year. These stories are enormously powerful tools to educate people about the warning signs and risk factors of stroke. And they’re a great way to prove that no one has to face the aftermath of stroke alone.

With National Stroke Awareness Month fast approaching in May, we want to hear from you! We want to share Faces of Stroke stories far and wide—during May and all year long.

We’re looking to get submissions—text, photos, or videos—in by next Friday, February 24, so please share your story today!

Click here to tell us your Faces of Stroke story. Hearing from survivors, caregivers, family members and healthcare professionals helps us put a human face on stroke to raise awareness and save lives.

We know that for this campaign to be successful we need the courage and inspiration of so many willing to share their stroke story. This is a real opportunity for our community to come together, and we are so grateful for all the stroke champions who make it possible.

With your continued support and participation, we can do more and more every day to prevent stroke. Hope to hear from you soon!

Contact the National Stroke Association to tell your Faces of Stroke story. Hearing from survivors, caregivers, family members and healthcare professionals helps us put a human face on stroke to raise awareness and save lives. Or email: nsa@stroke.org.

Jim Baranski
Chief Executive Officer

National Stroke Association

P.S.: You can already read Faces of Stroke stories from members of the stroke community on the website: Stories

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Lingraphica Welcomes Jaleel Shujath as Director of Sales and Marketing

Princeton, NJ. – February 21, 2022 - Lingrapghica, Inc., one of the nation’s leading medical devices companies serving persons affected by aphasia, announced today it has hired Jaleel Shujath to the position of Director, Sales and Marketing.

In this role, Mr. Shujath will lead the effort to increase awareness of Lingraphica’s innovative augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices among stroke victims and speech language pathologists. He brings several years of experience marketing technology solutions to life sciences researchers, while at Cellomics, GE Healthcare, and PBL InterferonSource.

Located at Lingraphica’s Princeton, New Jersey office, he reports to the CEO Andrew Gomory. “Jaleel’s extensive marketing experience international background, impressive track record at PBL and GE, and his enthusiasm for business challenges and team-based success, will serve him well at Lingraphica,” said Mr. Gomory.

Mr. Shujath is a member of the American Marketing Association. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tufts University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of New Haven School of Business
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About Lingraphica, Inc.
Lingraphica-The Aphasia Company™ is the leading provider of speech-generating devices for people whose ability to speak or understand words has been impaired by a stroke or brain injury. With the Lingraphica they can communicate with picture icons that speak words and phrases in a natural human voice, or they can practice speech using videos and language exercises. The Lingraphica is Medicare reimbursable. It is available for a no-obligation trial. For more information call toll-free 1-888-APHASIA (1-888-274-2742) or visit www.aphasia.com.
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Posted in the January/February, 2011 edition of Stroke Connection Magazine

A poll of stroke patients commissioned by the American Heart Association a year ago that found stroke survivors and their families face significant challenges in the healthcare system. Among the survey’s key findings were that a whopping 69 percent of stroke patients reported difficulty paying for medical care. Of those who said they had difficulty paying for medical expenses, 85 percent reported delaying or putting off needed care or skipping or reducing their medicine. Forty percent of survivors reported difficulties with their insurance plans in the past couple of years and 36 percent had gone without insurance coverage at some point since their stroke.

“Research has found that stroke patients without health insurance have up to a 50 percent higher risk of death who are underinsured also have up to a 50% percent higher risk of death compared to stoke patients with insurance, and patients who are underinsured also have poorer outcomes,” said AHA President, Ralph Sacco, M.D., chairman of neurology at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital. “These statistics reinforce why reform or our healthcare system is critical to stroke survivors and those at risk for stroke. We need to make sure all Americans with stroke and cardiovascular disease have accessible, affordable and high quality care.”

Now that healthcare reform legislation — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – is law, many survivors are concerned how it will affect them. While the law is not perfect, the good news is that it contains a number of provisions that should make healthcare coverage more accessible, affordable and adequate for survivors. There are several new protections that stroke patients with private health insurance coverage (or seeking to buy private coverage) should know.

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS:
As of Sept. 23, 2010, for children under age 19 (and beginning Jan 1, 2022 for adults), no one can be turned down for insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions such as stroke or high blood pressure Also as of this past September, insurance plans can no longer cancel coverage when a person becomes sick.

New health plans, called Pre-Existing Condition Insurance plans, were launched last summer. Intended to help bridge the gap leading up to Jan. 1, 2014, these plans are available for people who have a pre-existing conditions and have been without health insurance for at least six months. The details of these plans depend on the state where you live.

COVERAGE REQUIRED:
Beginning Jan 1, 2014, all Americans will be required to have health insurance. In exchange, insurance companies will be prohibited from charging higher premiums because of health status or pre-existing conditions.

Those who don’t receive coverage through an employer will be able to purchase a private plan through state-based health insurance exchanges beginning no later than Jan 1, 2014. Theses exchanges will be one-stop marketplaces where you can compare plans and choose the one that is best for you from a menu of options.

For more information or to read the whole article in Stroke Connection Magazine, January/February 2011 edition, sign up for this free subscription by clicking on Stroke Connection Magazine

For more information on this law click on Healthcare.gov

An article posted in Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists, September 20, 2021 in Vol. 20 • Issue 19 • Page 13

Researchers have developed a method to predict post-stroke recovery of language by measuring the initial severity of impairment. Being able to predict recovery has important implications for stroke survivors and their families as they plan for short- and long-term treatment needs.1

“These results indicate that if we know the extent of the initial impairment following stroke, we can predict with remarkable accuracy how patients will function 90 days later,” said Ronald Lazar, PhD, of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. “We have established the first reliable metric of the current standard care for post-stroke language treatment and a standard against which future treatments can be compared.”

More than 1 million Americans have aphasia, and stroke is the most common cause, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. For many years it was thought that the combination of stroke size, patient age and education, and specific characteristics of language deficit were predictive of recovery, but no reliable metric had been established.

The recent study involved patients in the Performance and Recovery in Stroke (PARIS) database, which is based at the Neurological Institute of Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian/Columbia.

Researchers used the Western Aphasia Battery (WAB) to assess language function at 24 to 72 hours after stroke onset and then again at 90 days. Among patients with mild to moderate aphasia after acute stroke, recovery improved to about 70 percent of their maximum potential recovery as long as they received some aphasia therapy. Recovery was defined as the change in WAB score between baseline and 90 days.
This study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Reference
1. Lazar, R.M., Minzer, B., Antoniello, D., et al. (2010). Improvement in aphasia scores after stroke is well predicted by initial severity. Stroke, 41: 1485-88.

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Princeton, New Jersey (January 7, 2022). Lingraphica, maker of the Lingraphica® speech-generating device for aphasia, announces the release of four new SmallTalk apps on the Apple App store.

Designed for people with aphasia, an impairment in the ability to use language, these apps provide a vocabulary of pictures that talk in a natural human voice.

Our New SmallTalk Apps:

SmallTalk Conversational Phrases: words and phrases commonly used in conversations, such as greetings, responses, requests, and statements about well-being.
SmallTalk Daily Activities: words and phrases related to the activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and leisure.
SmallTalk Pain Scale: pain descriptions and images from the Wong-Baker FACES pain scale.
SmallTalk Intensive Care: words and phrases patients can use to communicate with medical providers in the ICU.
The Rest of the SmallTalk Family:

Other Lingraphica apps available on the Apple App store are SmallTalk Aphasia Female; SmallTalk Aphasia Male; SmallTalk Dysphagia; SmallTalk Oral Motor Exercises; SmallTalk Phonemes; SmallTalk Consonant Blends; SmallTalk Common Phrases; SmallTalk Days, Months, Dates; and SmallTalk Letters, Numbers, Colors.

Lingraphica’s chief executive officer, Andrew Gomory, is delighted to be offering additional SmallTalk apps for use on the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. “These SmallTalk apps provide affordable communication solutions,” said Mr. Gomory. “We are pleased to be able to offer our growing family of apps to aid people with their day to day activities.”

Lingraphica-The Aphasia Company™ is the leading provider of speech-generating devices for people whose ability to speak or understand words has been impaired by a stroke or brain injury. With the Lingraphica they can communicate with picture icons that speak words and phrases in a natural human voice, or they can practice speech using videos and language exercises. The Lingraphica is Medicare reimbursable. It is available for a no-obligation trial. For more information call 888-APHASIA (888-274-2742) or visit www.lingraphica.com

Resources and Education for Stroke Caregivers’ Understanding and Empowerment, or RESCUE for short, is a lifeline to help caregivers “keep their head above water.” Stroke onset is very sudden and new caregivers are not always prepared for this new role. The caregiver may be overwhelmed and feel like the person who needs to be rescued. The RESCUE website provides stroke caregivers with information and resources to help them better care for their loved one. The website also gives caregivers information to help them take care of themselves. There are 44 easy-to-read “fact sheets” about stroke and stroke caregiving on this website. They can be downloaded and printed. The 44 fact sheets will be available in Spanish soon. Read More .

Lingraphica adds 5 new apps to its SmallTalk family on the Apple App store

Princeton, New Jersey (September 28, 2021). Lingraphica, maker of the Lingraphica® speech-generating device for aphasia, announces the release of its five newest SmallTalk apps on the Apple App store at an introductory price of $0.99 each.

Designed for people with apraxia or autism, the new apps provide speech-exercise videos illustrating the tongue and lip movements required for different speech activities:

• SmallTalk Phonemes: Single phonemes;
• SmallTalk Consonant Blends: Single consonant blends;
• SmallTalk Common Phrases: Commonly used short phrases using everyday vocabulary;
• SmallTalk Days, Months, Dates: Words or phrases comprising a single concept related to time;
• SmallTalk Colors, Numbers, Letters: Single colors, numbers, and letters.

Each of these apps offer individual videos that allow users to focus on the sounds, words, and phrases most important to them. Other Lingraphica apps available on the Apple App store are SmallTalk Aphasia, SmallTalk Dysphagia, and SmallTalk Oral Motor Exercises.

Lois Jean Brady, speech-language pathologist at Pro-Active Speech in California, uses the SmallTalk apps successfully with autistic children. She observed, “I have recently had the opportunity to use SmallTalk apps, from Lingraphica, with my students on the spectrum (with and without apraxia). I was amazed at how ideal these apps are for students with autism. They are the perfect visual tool. Students with autism will imitate behaviors from a video more easily than from face-to-face instruction. Video modeling also gives the students the freedom to watch over and over again until the skill is mastered, leading to the acquisition of complex verbal skills. I would recommend the SmallTalk apps to anyone working with students on the spectrum.”

Lingraphica’s chief executive officer Andrew Gomory is excited to be offering a robust set of SmallTalk apps for use on the iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone. He said, “Together, the Lingraphica speech-generating device and the SmallTalk family of apps provide a comprehensive and portable system for stroke survivors.”

Lingraphica-The Aphasia Company™ is the leading provider of speech-generating devices for people whose ability to speak or understand words has been impaired by a stroke or brain injury. With the Lingraphica they can communicate with picture icons that speak words and phrases in a natural human voice, or they can practice speech using videos and language exercises. The Lingraphica is Medicare reimbursable. It is available for a no-obligation trial. For more information call 888-APHASIA (888-274-2742) or visit www.lingraphica.com

Easier to Use and More Flexible, Lingraphica 7 Provides One-Click Icon Search and Fast Message Creation Princeton, New Jersey (June 30, 2021). Lingraphica, maker of the Lingraphica speech-generating device for aphasia, announces the release of its even more user-friendly Lingraphica 7, crafted by designers in response to feedback from both speech-language pathologists and Lingraphica users.

New One-Click Navigation mode allows users to navigate through the icon vocabulary with one simple click of a mouse, which makes finding icons and creating messages fast and intuitive.

The smart spell help enables the Lingraphica to suggest corrections for words that are misspelled, taking the worry out of spelling.

A new Icon Editor allows users, caregivers, and health-care professionals to customize their own icon vocabularies by easily creating new icons and changing existing ones.

Additional grammar, math, reading, and memory exercises have been added to the hundreds already included on the Lingraphica, making it easier for users to work independently to improve their language skills.

The mouth-position practice videos have been expanded to include blends, additional words with targeted phonemes, and phrases associated with dysphagia. The 700-plus videos make it easier for adults with apraxia to practice speech production.

Videos of standard oral-motor exercises illustrate cheek, tongue, palate, lip, and jaw movements that help strengthen the oral musculature, providing easy, focused practice and rehabilitation.

All new Lingraphicas will be shipped with the new version. Existing customers who have owned the Lingraphica for a year or less are entitled to a free update. Those who have owned a Lingraphica for longer will need to pay a small fee. Existing customers are encouraged to contact Lingraphica to order the update.

“We know that even with all the new features, each patient has his or her own way of using the Lingraphica. That’s why we remain committed to configuring each device before it goes out the door to mesh perfectly with a particular user’s needs,” explains Lingraphica’s CEO Andrew Gomory. “We have created the device that patients and their speech-language pathologists told us they wanted. And we’re dedicated to making the Lingraphica a great experience for every single user.”

Lingraphica-The Aphasia Company™ is the leading provider of speech-generating devices for people whose ability to speak or understand words has been impaired by a stroke or brain injury. With the Lingraphica they can communicate with picture icons that speak words and phrases in a natural human voice, or they can practice speech using videos and language exercises. The Lingraphica is Medicare reimbursable. It is available for a no-obligation trial. Lingraphica also offers the SmallTalk Aphasia, Dysphagia, and Oral Motor Exercises apps on Apple’s App Store. For more information call 888-APHASIA (888-274-2742) or visit www.lingraphica.com.

“It’s Still Me”

Author: Candy Kugel and Buzzco Associates

DVD Explains Aphasia

“It’s Still Me!” is a 17-minute DVD intended as a guide for people with aphasia and their loved ones in order to help them learn how to communicate with each other more effectively. The DVD explains what aphasia is, how it feels, and demonstrates some methods to communicate when you can’t use words.

The DVD was created by Candy Kugel and Buzzco Associates, Inc. in conjunction with the NAA and aphasia centers in West Texas, California, Canada and singer/composer, Marc Black.

Award –winning actress Allison Janney provides the superb narration. It is a must have resource for people with aphasia, their loved ones, health professionals and health related facilities. Treat yourself to a preview by Clicking HERE .

The DVD is only $15 and is distributed by the National Aphasia Association. To learn more or order a copy, visit:
www.aphasia.org/store/