http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/stroke, a page devoted to educating consumers about stroke, its impact, steps to recovery, and related resources has received high marks from caring.com, a resource for senior care reviews that attracts nearly two million unique views monthly.
"We believe your site is among the best online resources for providing education and caregiving information with excellent usability," caring.com informed the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recently.
Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious long-term disability in the United States according to the CDC.
Nearly one million Americans suffer a stroke yearly, resulting in great individual hardship and a hefty $54 billion price tag, a total that includes the cost of health care services, medications, and missed work days. African Americans' risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice that of whites. Hispanic Americans' risk falls between that of whites and African Americans.
"We greatly appreciate caring.com's recognition," ASHA 2013 President Patricia A. Prelock PhD, CCC-SLP says. "Above all, it is gratifying to be recognized for offering consumers help with a health condition that can be as devastating as stroke."
The ASHA page includes coverage of what can be expected following a stroke, the speech and language deficits that can result, the key role speech-language pathologists (SLPs) often play in recovery, and where local SLPs and other resources can be found.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 150,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders. www.asha.org/.