Alberta Aphasia Camp

Aphasia is an acquired language disorder, most often caused by stroke. It can affect the ability to speak, understand, read and write. The Alberta Aphasia Camp is a weekend-long camp held every September. It is held in a rustic outdoor camp away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The camp provides an opportunity for individuals who are living with aphasia to enjoy a weekend retreat, along with one or two of their family/friends. Activities are both recreational and therapeutic in nature. Here campers get to participate in diverse activities such as yoga; drum circle; canoeing; archery; low ropes; indoor and outdoor games; arts and crafts; nature walks; and fireside singing. The staff and volunteers are all educated about aphasia and support communication techniques, as well as safety and mobility.

Each year, students enrolled in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine studying to become speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists are selected as volunteers. These students are guided by experienced health-care professionals and this special collaboration allows for students to extend their knowledge beyond the classroom.

2020 Camp - Save the Date!

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create unprecedented challenges for organizations across the country, including Alberta Aphasia Camp. At this time, we are waiting to receive further information from our funding partners, March of Dimes Canada and the University of Alberta, in addition to information from the provincial and federal governments, before making a decision about our 2020 camp. We will make a final decision about the feasibility of running camp by May 21, 2020. Thank you for your patience and ongoing support. We hope to see you all very soon!

When: Sept. 18-20, 2020
Where: Gull Lake Centre
Cost: $150.00 (early bird discount deadline June 26, 2020), $200.00 (fee after early bird deadline July 31, 2020)
Register: Download and complete this registration form (once available) and mail, fax or email your application to:
Kim Smith
March of Dimes Canada
3639 26 Street NE
Calgary, AB
T1Y 5E1
Email: kasmith@marchofdimes.ca Fax: 403-263-8954

Questions? Please contact Andrea Ruelling ruelling@ualberta.ca.

Save the date poster 2020

Alberta Aphasia Camp 2020 Brochure

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Frequently Asked Questions



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