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Ask the Expert: Possibilities With Aphasia
An evening with Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her speech-language pathologist, Dr. Fabiane Hirsch Kruse, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, in conversation with NAA President Darlene Williamson, M.A., CCC-SLP

Dec 8, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Gabrielle Giffords
Former Congresswoman
Gabrielle Giffords understands what it's like to face overwhelming barriers and what it takes to overcome them. Gabby personifies courage from her scrappy Arizona childhood to her bridge-building politics to her remarkable recovery from traumatic injuries. Today she leads Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization she co-founded. Giffords is a nonprofit organization that shifts culture, changes policies, and challenges injustice, inspiring Americans across the country to fight gun violence. As she leads Giffords, Gabby helps raise awareness about aphasia. She enjoys spending her free time playing the French horn, biking, practicing yoga, and learning Spanish. That spirit of resiliency, perseverance, and courage resonates around the world. It helped her overcome tragedy, work tirelessly to recover when the odds were stacked against her, and become the nation's most renowned leader in the movement to end gun violence.
Fabiane Hirsch Kruse, Ph.D, CCC-SLP
Saguaro Center for Speech & Language / Aphasia Center of Tucson
Dr. Fabi Hirsch has over 20 years of experience as a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Her clinical focus is communication disorders resulting from stroke, head injury, and other neurological disorders. Her key area of interest is aphasia. She received her Master's Degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and went on to complete her Ph.D. in Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.
Darlene Williamson
President | National Aphasia Association
Darlene S. Williamson, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with over 40 years of experience working in rehabilitation for stroke and brain trauma survivors, with a primary research interest in apraxia of speech. She holds degrees from Purdue University and the University of Illinois. Her career has included work in acute care, in and out patient rehabilitation, and long-term care. She served as the Clinic Director at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and continued as an adjunct professor for many years. In 2005, she founded the Stroke Comeback Center in Vienna, Virginia; under her leadership, the organization grew to four locations and is recognized as a national model for long-term treatment and support under a life participation approach. Darlene has won numerous awards for her efforts on behalf of individuals with aphasia, including being honored as Washingtonian of the Year in 2017.