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EVA website down 30th August 11am-12pm

  The EVA Park website will be down for maintenance between 11am and 12pm on Thursday the 30th August 2018. Apologies for any inconvenience.

EVA in Galway at ASSETS 2018

The EVA Park user experience paper will be presented at the 20th International  Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2018) in Galway  22-24 Oct. Download the ASSETS 2018 Flyer

Delivering storytelling intervention in EVA Park at IARC 2018

Marcella Carragher of LaTrobe University aphasia lab, who collaborated on the case series investigating Storytelling intervention in the virtual world, will present findings at The International Aphasia Research Conference2018, in Aveiro, Portugal. The short presentation will be in Oral session 01

Naming case studies published

The first 2 of the EVA Park Tavistock Case Studies have been written up and published in Aphasiology. Two treatment approaches, cued noun naming plus semantic feature analysis & verb network strengthening therapy, designed for face-to-face delivery, were delivered remotely in EVA Park.

EVA Park Group Project: Update 2

The latest Stroke Association funded EVA Park project from City, University of London is now over half way through! During this project, four support groups, each involving 8 people with aphasia, will run for 6 months in EVA Park. The groups will be led

Participant’s perspective paper published

  The latest EVA Park paper by Ana Amaya and colleagues has been published in Aphasiology. The first study to use EVA Park in aphasia rehabilitation demonstrated significant gains in functional communication. This paper augments the findings of that study,

EVA Park in York

EVA Park was demonstrated to a group of Stroke Association volunteers, fundraisers and donors as part of a legacy event at the wonderfully Christmas-y Goddard’s House & Garden – home of the chocolate orange! The event included talks from the

EVA Park Group project: Update 1

The latest Stroke Association funded EVA Park project is a third of the way through! During this project, four support groups, each involving 8 people with aphasia, will run for 6 months in EVA Park. The groups will be led by

The EVA team are recruiting

** THIS POST HAS NOW BEEN FILLED ** The EVA Park project team are are recruiting a qualitative researcher to join our innovative team. The role is part time (0.4 FTE) starting in February 2018. The successful candidate will augment

New publication reporting user experience in EVA Park

A new publication reporting the experience that people with #aphasia had in #EVAPark has been published in ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS) volume 10 Issue 4, October 2017. Free open access download available. Overall, the study showed that participants in EVA Park

Recognition in 2016 NT100

EVA Park was recognised in the 2016 NT100 – Nominet Trust’s annual celebration of the people and organisations using digital technology to change the world for the better. Discover the #2016NT100 at http://www.socialtech.org.uk/nominet-trust-100/2016/.

Language-Light UX Guidelines

Read about our Language-Light UX Guidelines at http://languagelightux.org/wp/ – nine design guidelines for creating digital experiences that are accessible to people with aphasia.  

New Stroke Association Funding: Virtual Group Support, Sept 2016

The EVA Park team and researchers from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry have received a £158,111 grant from the Stroke Association to investigate whether support groups for people with aphasia can be be partly delivered in

EVA Park research in Australia

EVA Park is coming to Melbourne! La Trobe University is looking for people with aphasia in Melbourne to do therapy in EVA Park. Therapy will target telling a story. This is part of a wider project trialling diffrent therapy approaches

North West SLT clinical excellence network, 22nd September 2016

Niamh Devane, Jane Marshall & Richard Talbot will be giving a talk on digital technology and aphasia at the NW CEN  at Manchester Metropolitan University on Thursday 22nd September 2016. The afternoon will include a talk from Jane, followed by

EVA paper published in PLOS ONE

The paper on the first EVA Park study has been published in the journal PLoS ONE Check out the City University London press release and download the paper.

Recruiting volunteers with aphasia for therapy studies

July 2016: The EVA Park team are now recruiting volunteers with aphasia to take part in a new study, funded by the Tavistock Trust for aphasia. We are looking for five volunteers for people to do therapy in EVA Park.

EVA Park presentation at IARC 2016

Jane Marshall will give a platform presentation about EVA Park at the forthcoming IARC 2016 Conference, titled “Evaluating the benefits of aphasia intervention delivered in virtual reality” See the full conference programme.

West Midlands SLT clinical excellence network, March 2016

Jane Marshall, Helen Greenwood & Richard Talbot from the EVA team attended the West Midlands CEN, for a study morning for SLTs. Held at the wonderful Birmingham City University campus, Jane Marshall gave a talk on technology and aphasia, highlighting

EVA awarded two new grants from The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia

The EVA Park research team has completed a three year project showing that EVA Park can be used successfully to provide virtual language stimulation for people with aphasia.  Twenty people had 5 weeks access to EVA Park, with daily sessions

EVA at Woburn Safari Park, Feb 2016

An EVA Park Open Day was hosted at Woburn Safari Park on 26th February 2016. An audience of 70 people, most of whom were speech and language therapists, stroke survivors or their family members. Professor Jane Marshall opened the day

EVA Park Open Day for SLTs, November 2015

Wednesday 25th November 2015: 1:30pm – 4pm City University London, Room ELG10, Drysdale Building (lower ground floor) EVA Park is a multi-user virtual world that gives people with aphasia unique opportunities to practise their speech and establish social connections. Funded

Winner of the People’s Award, Tech4Good Awards 2015

EVA Park won the People’s Award in the 2015 Tech4Good Awards – thanks for all the support! You can find out more at http://www.tech4goodawards.com/winners-2015/

Finalist in Tech4Good Awards 2015

Whoop!  We are delighted to be finalists in the Accessibility category of the Tech4Good Awards 2015 – along with some awesome competition.  Vote for EVA Park at http://www.tech4goodawards.com/vote-now/ or by tweeting with hashtag #T4GEVA.

EVA Park features in RCSLT Bulletin, May 2015

Jane Marshall talks about EVA Park and other uses of digital technology for people with aphasia in the latest issue of the RCSLT (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists) Bulletin.  

End of project celebration, June 2015

We held a special event on the 10th June 2015 to celebrate the EVA project. There were talks about what the project has achieved, the research outcomes and what happens next. There were demos and lunch 🙂 All the many

Paper reporting codesign of EVA Park, Jan 2015

How did we design EVA Park? Read about our codesign approach in the paper “Codesign for people with aphasia through tangible design languages”

EVA Park returns to HCID open day, April 2015

Back by popular demand, EVA Park was on show at the HCID 2015 open day on the 30th April 2015. Find out more about the open day at http://www.interaction-lab.co.uk/category/events/

Danish Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference, March 2015

Jane Marshall presented the EVA research at the 2015 conference of the Danish Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Audiologopædisk forening – ALF) on March 16th 2015 at Nyborg in Denmark. The title of the talk was “Technological Applications in Aphasia Therapy”.

EVA Park live for the final time…

Hard to believe, but the final cohort of participants is about to enter EVA Park for five weeks of supported conversation. Time flies when you’re having fun…  Like these earlier participants enjoying a fun day at the end of their

EVA Park overall winner at Made@City 2014

EVA Park, represented by Tracey Booth and Abi Roper, came away from Made@City 2014 clutching the overall winner prize. Made@City is an annual event that showcases the very best work from Computer Science students and research projects at City University

EVA Park Live Again (12th May 2014)

EVA Park opened for the second time on the 12th May 2014! We welcomed a second cohort of research participants who spent the 5 weeks practising their communication skills with support workers and enjoying all the park has to offer.

Computers in Therapy Special Interest Group Meeting in Bristol (15th May 2014)

Abi Roper delivered a presentation on the background, design and qualitative experience of the first ‘live’ period of EVA Park. This was followed by a hands-on demonstration of the technology where delegates were able to see EVA Park in action:

British Aphasiology Society Research Update Meeting (April 2014)

Jane Marshall gave a presentation entitled “Evaluating the effects of a virtual communication environment for people with aphasia” at the British Aphasiology Society Research Update Meeting in Newcastle.  The theme of the meeting was “Digital Technology and Aphasia”, full programme

East Midlands Stroke Association Support Team Meeting (24th March 2014)

Abi Roper spoke at the East Midlands Stroke Association Support Team Meeting in Nottingham on the 24th March 2014. She took the floor alongside one of the people who recently participated in EVA Park and his wife. Abi was the

UK Stroke Forum Conference (Dec 2013)

EVA was in the spotlight in Steph Wilson’s invited presentation on “Creative Technology for Therapy in Aphasia” at the UK Stroke Forum Conference 2013 in Harrogate.

EVA Park Goes Live

EVA Park Goes Live! After a year of careful design, the big day arrived. EVA Park went live on Monday 11th November, welcoming its first visitors. Five people with aphasia visited the Park on a regular basis over a five

British Aphasiology Society Conference (September 2013)

Jane Marshall gave a keynote speech entitled “Technological Applications in Aphasia Therapy” at the British Aphasiology Society Conference, September 2013, Manchester. http://www.britishaphasiologysociety.org.uk/conferences

AphasiaNow

Details of our forthcoming study now included on the AphasiaNow web-site http://www.aphasianow.org/Resources/Aphasia_Research/.  Take a look at their valuable resources.

Irish Heart Foundation Stroke Conference (May 2013)

The Irish Heart Foundation Stroke Conference was held in Dublin in May 2013.  Jane Marshall gave a platform presentation on “Computer Therapy Tools for People with Aphasia”, including the latest news from EVA.

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