The UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences (SASS) Aphasia Mentoring Program

The UBC SASS Aphasia Mentoring Program began in 2010 after many community members with aphasia and their families expressed a desire for collaboration with SASS. An advisory board was established, focus groups were held, and the Aphasia Mentoring Program officially began as a pilot project in September 2010.

Our program provides an opportunity for people with chronic aphasia to work together with students to help them understand what it means to live with aphasia.

The goals of the group are to:

  1. Enrich the education of speech-language pathology students as well as those in other health professions through their interactions with people with aphasia as mentors
  2. Enhance quality of life for people with aphasia through engagement in meaningful activities associated with mentoring.
  3. Share the expertise of individuals in living and communicating with aphasia
  4. Increase aphasia awareness
  5. Build aphasia community

Group members participate in designing and implementing activities for and with speech language pathology students. These activities provide students with mentorship about what it means to live with aphasia while also giving them the opportunity to learn about clinical practice from the perspectives of people with aphasia. The group has also given presentations to other groups of health care students, and to speech-language pathologists and audiologists.