During my 2nd year at University, I was given a brief for a group project about Aphasia Awareness. The brief was generally about finding a way to use service design to help aid people who suffer from aphasia in any way possible. Whether it was a physical product that made life a little easier, or a way to make the general public more aware of the disability.
Our findings are displayed below in the following report.
Our aim is to raise as much awareness about aphasia to the general public, so that when they interact with someone with a communication problem they know how to deal with the situation making it as easy as possible for everyone involved.
The concept that we have come up with is to use manikins to represent people with aphasia, and place a number of them in busy public places. Each manikin will tell the story of a different person, how their life was before the stroke, how it is now, and an example of the struggle they go through with simple every day tasks.
The long term goal is to have an event such as this in every major city to spread the word as far as possible, the more people who know and understand what aphasia is and how to help those who suffer from it, the easier it makes life for those who do.
This link has a lot of information on the subject for anyone who isn’t familiar with the disability.