Aphasia is a communication disability that can affect speaking, reading, writing, and/or understanding. It affects approximately one third of stroke survivors. Increasingly, the Internet is needed to access information and essential services such as healthcare and support. Using the Internet requires skills in reading, writing, and understanding. This can be difficult for people with aphasia. 

This research aims to co-design a software pack, called the Communication Accessibility Plug-in Pack (CAP-Pack), that will make it easier for people with aphasia to use the Internet. 

CAP-Pack will consist of:  

  1. A Communication Accessibility Plug-in (CAP) that will make websites aphasia-friendly. 
  2. Training materials to support people with aphasia and health professionals to use the software.
  3. Guidelines for designing communication accessible websites. 

CAP-Pack will also help family members and carers and health professionals working with people with aphasia to provide support for using the Internet.

How to be involved

  1. Participate in a focus group: We are inviting people with aphasia, their families and friends, and health professionals to talk to us about using the Internet with aphasia. 
  2. Join our co-design team: We are inviting people with aphasia, their families and friends, and health professionals to work with us to co-design CAP-Pack. 

You can participate in-person at the University of Queensland or online using Zoom. 

If you would like to participate in this research project, please fill out this form.

Project members

Chief Investigators

Associate Professor Sarah Wallace

NHMRC Principal Research Fellow
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Professor David Copland

Professor
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Mr Phill Jamieson

Senior Research Assistant
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Mrs Kim Barron

Senior Research Assistant
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Kirstine Shrubsole

NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Annie Hill

Honorary Associate Professor
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Sonia Brownsett

Senior Research Fellow
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Professor Leanne Togher

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr Jennifer Lee

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Research Assistants

Mr Ryan Deslandes

Senior Research Assistant
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Ms Bridget Burton

Senior Project Officer & Casual Academic
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Mr Phill Jamieson

Senior Research Assistant
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Mrs Kim Barron

Senior Research Assistant
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Associate Investigators

  • Professor Deborah Hersh
  • Ms Lisa Anemaat
  • Dr Scott Hollier
  • Dr Megan Isaacs
  • Dr Bec Jenkinson
  • Ms Kate O’Brien

Partner Universities & Organisations

  • Centre for Accessibility Australia
  • National Disability Insurance Agency
  • Services Australia
  • Australian Network on Disability
  • Stroke Foundation
  • Australian Aphasia Association

Community and Consumer Involved Organisations

A consumer advisory group of people with lived experience of stroke and aphasia will provide guidance and feedback on the research procedures and materials.

Contact

For more information on this research project, contact Dr Sarah Wallace:
s.wallace3@uq.edu.au
+61 7 3346 7453

For more information on participating in this project, contact Dr Jennifer Lee:

digitaldivide@uq.edu.au