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June 1, 2012 > Chorus performs to raise awareness and support for aphasia

Chorus performs to raise awareness and support for aphasia

Submitted By Diane Daniel

The Aphasia Tones(c), a Cal State East Bay chorus comprised of persons learning to live fully with aphasia, will perform Wednesday, June 6 to raise awareness about aphasia and raise funds to support the campus Aphasia Treatment Program.

"Aphasia Awareness: A Celebration!" will begin with a reception from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the Music Building Courtyard, followed by the concert from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. in MB 1055. The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Aphasia, a communication disorder that most commonly occurs after a stroke, affects talking, understanding, reading, and writing. Nearly two million Americans are living with aphasia.

The CSUEB Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders is home to a regionally and nationally recognized Aphasia Treatment Program [ATP], founded in 1996 by Professor Emeritus Jan Avent. In addition to speech and language treatment, the program includes communicative discussion groups and a book club among many other things. Keeping with a legacy of innovation in ATP, current ATP director Ellen Bernstein-Ellis developed the Aphasia Tones(c) in 2009.

Bernstein-Ellis notes that, "access to the performing arts can be very limited following a stroke. The Aphasia Tones(c) allows individuals to derive the therapeutic and social benefits of singing in a group. They are empowered by being part of a community that shares common goals."

"Choir members with aphasia thrive, raise awareness about aphasia, and inspire audiences with their joyous voices," said Nidhi Mahendra, associate professor of CSD.

Directed by graduate student clinicians Karen Fremont and Jacqui Standel, the 20-plus member Aphasia Tones(c)' recent performance at the plenary session of the 2012 convention of the California Speech Language Hearing Association in San Jose brought the audience to its feet.

The CSUEB performance will begin with a piano piece and introduction by College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean Kathleen Rountree, followed by several songs by the Aphasia Tones(c), the presentation of a proclamation by the City of Hayward in recognition of Aphasia Awareness Month, and a video greeting from the ATP to the National Aphasia Association in honor of its 25th anniversary.

Information is available at (510) 885-3233 or by sending an e-mail to: ellen.bernstein-ellis@csueastbay.edu. Please allow plenty of time for parking due to special events on campus. Everyone, including those with handicapped permits, must purchase a parking permit.

CSUEB welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please notify event sponsor in advance at (510) 885-3233 if accommodation is needed.

Aphasia Awareness: A Celebration!
Wednesday, June 6
Reception: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Concert: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cal State East Bay
Music Building 1055
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 885-3233
Suggested donation: $5

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