Newsletter 2013



In This Issue
HARC Upcoming Closures
Welcome New Staff & Volunteers
What's Happening at HARC
Welcome New Participants, Review Sessions
Aphasia Boot Camp
Aphasia Awareness Month Activites
HARC participants spread the word
Volunteer Luncheon
HARC Let's Talk Luncheon
Black & White Talk Bubbles

HARC Upcoming Closures

HARC Closed for 
July 4th Holiday
July 2-4

HARC Aphasia 
Boot Camp
No Programs
July 15-18
July 22-25
HARC Closed for Labor Day Holiday
September 2-5

 No Programs
  September 10-12
New Faces
 Lori Kalenits
Contract Speech-Language Pathologist
Sofia Tilton
Contract Speech-Language Pathologist
New Volunteers
 Bill McCollum


Karen Ogier


Claudia Richards


Chris Rodriguez


Lori Taffet


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What's Happening at HARC?
Welcome New Participants 
HARC welcomed ten new participants, their families, and caregivers to the center in March and May. All of the new participants, families, and caregivers participated in supported communication training. 
Participant Review Sessions
HARC Speech-Language Pathologists will be offering your one, two, and three year follow-up session in the next few months.
The purpose of the sessions is to give HARC the opportunity to meet with participants and family members on a one to one basis to discuss participants individual goals, answer questions and address needs. Thank you for your participation.


Aphasia Boot Camp 

July 15th-July 18th &

July 22nd-July 25th

Monday -Thursday at HARC

(both weeks required)

10:00 am- 2:00pm each day

*Daily breakfast and snack provided

Aphasia Awareness Month
June 27th 12:00-2:00pm
Bring a friend or family member to learn more about aphasia.
RSVP: echristou@harctx.org

Aphasia Awareness Month
HARC participants helped spread the word about aphasia  
all month long! 
 HARC participants, family, and friends joined the studio audience at Great Day Houston
on June 17th. 

HARC participants designed and posted our new aphasia poster in the Houston community.
HARC honored their dedicated volunteers with a 
 luncheon on May 9, 2013.


HARC met with a team from Metro in May to learn about various public transportation options.
             Aphasia Alliance 
Rita Justice, HARC founder, Allison Hay, HARC Executive Director, and Stephanie Schmadeke, HARC Program Director attended the second Aphasia Alliance meeting which included representatives from aphasia centers and experts in the field of aphasia from across North America. It was hosted by the Aphasia Center of West Texas. The alliance is committed to help people with aphasia and their families in their recovery process. 
HARC's Third Annual 
Let's Talk Luncheon
March 7, 2013

Luncheon chairs, Kristi and Ken Breaux, with honorary chairs, Annette and George Strake, welcomed over 450 guests to honor Dr. Blair Justice at the River Oaks Country Club for the "Let's Talk Luncheon," on March 7, 2013, benefiting the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC).  The event was a touching tribute to Dr. Justice, who, after suffering a stroke in 2008 with resulting aphasia, helped found HARC and made it his legacy.

Luncheon speaker, Sean Maloney, former Chairman of Intel China, shared the compelling story of his life with aphasia and inspirational journey to find his voice again. Maloney, who has been described as "one of the world's best

communicators," captivated the guests with his dynamic words expressing that, even faced with aphasia, the most important lesson is to "NEVER GIVE UP."

Check out HARC Luncheon Video's

Dr. Blair Justice, 2013 Houston Aphasia Recovery Center Luncheon Honoree
Dr. Blair Justice, 2013 Houston Aphasia Recovery Center Luncheon Honoree

Sean Maloney, Houston Aphasia Recovery Center's 2013 Let's Talk Luncheon Speaker
Sean Maloney, Houston Aphasia Recovery Center's 2013 Let's Talk Luncheon Speaker