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1000WORDS Photography Program Digital Exhibit

The resumption of social and leisure pursuits is an essential component of community reintegration and an important aspect to quality of life post stroke.

The 1000WORDS participatory photography program was developed and adapted for people with aphasia by a volunteer and client of the March of Dimes Canada Aphasia and Communications Disorders Program (ACDP) as a means to enable participation in meaningful leisure activities and positively influence the community reintegration experience for people with aphasia and acquired brain injury (ABI). The 1000WORDS Photography Program provides not just training in photographic technique, but also in visual literacy, communication, leadership and life skills.

In Canada, more than 62,000 people experience a stroke each year.  Aphasia affects 30% of individuals who survive a stroke2. Clinicians working with people with aphasia identify the need to expand interventions to focus on real life communication and life participation.

In early 2020, the Central East Stroke Network Partnered with March of Dimes Canada Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program, Brain Injury Services Muskoka Simcoe and March of Dimes Canada Acquired Brain Injury Program to expand the program to other locations in the Central East Stroke Region. The program was modified to a virtual environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was offered to clients in Peterborough, Barrie, Simcoe County and surrounding areas.

This digital exhibit has been created to showcase participants’ photographs and celebrate their accomplishments. It can serve as a source of inspiration to others who may be navigating their own recovery journey after a stroke or brain injury.


For more information about the 1000Words Photography Program or other community reintegration initiatives, please contact Alda Tee, Regional Community and LTC Coordinator, teea@rvh.on.ca

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