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November 10, 2015 > CSUEB receives national recognition for choral group

CSUEB receives national recognition for choral group

Submitted By Kimberly Hawkins

The National Stroke Association is honoring Cal State University East BayÕs (CSUEBÕs) Aphasia Tones Choir with its 2015 Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence (RAISE) Award for ÒMost CreativeÓ program. The RAISE award recognizes a group using creativity and originality to spread the word about stroke. The NSA selected five winners from more than 400 entries for awards in various categories.

ÒItÕs a matter of great pride for California State University, East Bay and for our Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders that the Aphasia Tones have been presented this national award of excellence,Ó said Associate Professor Dr. Nidhi Mahendra.

The choir is comprised of individuals learning to live fully with aphasia, which commonly occurs after a stroke. Aphasia can affect oneÕs ability to speak and understand others, and can lead to difficulties with reading and writing. Despite not being able to speak in sentences, however, some aphasia patients can sing familiar songs.

The choir, which is comprised of 25 members, rehearses weekly and performs three to six concerts a year for audiences ranging from 25 to more than 250 people. Each concert allows the members to be ambassadors in raising awareness about aphasia, which affects at least one million Americans according to the National Aphasia Association.

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