Outreach Fall 2018: Stephen Secules and Matilda Sanchez-Pena, Visiting Assistant Professors, Purdue University, and Christine Huggins, Founder of Aphasia Life, organized a design project for engineering students to work on issues related to stroke recovery and aphasia.
A survey was conducted by aphasia life. Respondents included people with ongoing or previous aphasia / stroke recovers, the caregivers or family members, and speech pathologists or medical experts.
The First Year Engineering Students were divided into 60 teams, which designed 1,800 ideas but pursued only one prototype per team. Aphasia Life chose the three teams with the strongest products created for people with aphasia. The criteria included Ease -of- Use, Functionality, Durability, Cost / Expense, and Concealability. The best products were Aphasia Phrases, Assistive Writing Tool, and Improved Editing Software.
This type of awareness program is an important part of developing community support for changes in attitude toward this underserved group.