The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa will host Heels for Words 2013, a walk to raise funds for the Cowboy Aphasia Camp, on Saturday, April 13.
“Our goal is to raise awareness of aphasia at OSU-Tulsa and among the community,” said Karen Copeland, speech-language pathologist and lecturer at OSU-Tulsa. “Our department has a passion for educating the public about aphasia and supporting those in our community who are dealing with this communication disorder.”
Aphasia, an impairment of the ability to use or comprehend words, is usually acquired as the result of a stroke or brain injury but does not affect intelligence. Last year, OSU-Tulsa hosted the first Cowboy Aphasia Camp. During the camp participants with aphasia are paired with OSU-Tulsa graduate clinicians studying communication disorders for one-on-one therapy sessions to work on specific communication skills.
Heels for Words 2013 features a 1.5-mile walk and a half-mile walk. All participants are encouraged, but not required, to walk in high heels.
“We want people to imagine what it would be like if saying your own name was harder than walking a mile in high heels,” said Copeland.
Participants who complete the 1.5 mile trail in high heels will be eligible for a prize. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with both walks starting at 9 a.m. The cost to walk is $10. Event shirts are $16 and must be preordered by Friday, March 29.