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Giving people with aphasia their voice back

13 September 2017

Caring for a loved one at the end of their life is never easy. For some, like Sonya Budge, the challenges are made all the more complex when communicating is difficult.

At age 48, Sonya knew she was dying from cancer. However, because she had aphasia—loss of language—it was difficult for her to clearly tell her family and care team how she wanted to spend her journey.
Listen to Krista and Roshene's interview on CBC Ottawa Morning.
Krista Curtis, speech-language pathologist, and Roshene Lawson, clinical chaplain at Bruyère’s Saint-Vincent Hospital, recognizing her frustrations, were

determined to find a solution. Discovering a deficit in available resources to support end-of-life discussions with people like Sonya, they are developing an app to make it easier to communicate thoughts and feelings despite aphasia’s challenges.

Although Sonya passed away this spring, her memory and the impact she had on so many people lives on. She was the inspiration and thanks to her, Krista and Roshene are keen to continue their work to open the door for other people with aphasia.

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