Developing a website for public awareness about computer use in aphasia rehabilitation

Aphasia is a language disorder which occurs in 1 in 3 people after stroke. It can impact on a person's ability to produce and understand spoken and written language. People with aphasia have had limited opportunities to have their voices heard within Irish stroke research.

This research project has already engaged people with aphasia in the development of an outcome measure for the research. Building on this collaboration, this knowledge exchange activity will facilitate the development of an aphasia accessible website with information that is considered meaningful and relevant by people with aphasia for people with aphasia. This website will help to share the knowledge gained from a research project on the "Use of software and computer technology in aphasia rehabilitation; investigating issues of efficacy and usability". The website will highlight the process and findings of the research in a format that is accessible to people with aphasia.

The presence of aphasia will often require modifications to the communication environment. Extra time is especially important to facilitate participation in conversation as well as providing a range of support that will help people communicate. Therefore, up to six workshops will be carried out during this activity. This will allow sufficient time for all involved to establish what information is important to them, and how to present this in a format that will allow other people living with aphasia to understand. This iterative process will ensure that information is made available for people with aphasia, as determined relevant by people with aphasia.


Award Date
28 September 2017
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Ms Aine Kearns
Host Institution
University College Cork
Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme