Friday, July 30, 2010

Two great things in one story

I"m a fan of the BBC television show Doctor Who - and a fan of efforts to help people hit by a condition called aphasia, which affects the speech of many stroke patients.

So I had to include a link to a story about a recurring Doctor Who character - the Dalek - and its use in an event to raise money to serve aphasia sufferers:

A Dalek was the menacing attraction as the Ewell Village Fair became the first fund-raising event this year for the chosen charities of the borough's new mayor.

The fair, held at Ewell Castle School, was in aid of Dyscover, the Samaritans and Meru, and Councillor Clive Smitheram, mayor of Epsom & Ewell, has plenty more in the pipeline. ...

Based in Walton-on-the-Hill, Dyscover provides specially designed speech and language programmes for those suffering with a brain condition called aphasia, helping them to adjust on a long-term basis.
A quick quote with more details about aphasia:

Aphasia is an impairment of language which occurs when someone suffers injury to the language areas of the brain. Aphasia can affect language in many ways including its production (ability to speak), and its comprehension (ability to understand others when they speak), as well as other related abilities such as reading and writing. Over 20% of all people who suffer a stroke develop some form of aphasia.
(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

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