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.
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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: Abi met ‘in-world’ another member of the research team and one of the participants from the first live period. Lots of interest from the audience!

Richard presented and gave a demo of EVA Park at the Centre for HCI Design’s Open Day on the 23rd April 2014.  Lots of other interesting presentations as well…

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 is available at: http://www.britishaphasiologysociety.org.uk/files/Programme_BAS_RUM_at_Newcastle.pdf.
Lauren Davies gives a great overview of the day on her blog http://slt2b.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/an-overview-of-british-aphasiology.html.

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 participant’s support worker in EVA Park for 5 weeks and worked towards goals of chairing a meeting, giving a speech, organising a fun day and project managing the building of a new area within EVA Park! The participant and his wife talked about their personal experiences of stroke and aphasia, followed by a summary of their enjoyable experiences working on research projects at City University London, and EVA Park in particular. Abi gave her opinions of her experience working in EVA Park, and provided video examples, a description and an explanation of EVA Park.

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!

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 week period to practise their communication skills.

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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

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.

We are looking for 20 people with aphasia to try out EVA park for 5 weeks.

For more information: Volunteers with aphasia needed

We’re currently accepting applications from potential Communication Support Workers, to join the EVA project. As a Communication Support Worker you will assist in our experimental trial by supporting conversations in EVA Park  with people who have aphasia.

Interested? More information

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.

Niamh gave a presentation at UCL’s inaugural Aphasia Research Group meeting on the 27/02/13. Spreading the word about the EVA project and filling people in on what we’ve been up to so far and what we have planned for the future!