Free webinar: Technology Help for Stroke Survivors and their Carers

Date of webinar: 
31 Mar 2020 - 11:00

This FREE webinar offered information and support on how technology can make life a little easier for people after a stroke, and those who are caring for them. 

  • 11.00am, Tuesday 31 March [this webinar has taken place]

A stroke impacts people physically and emotionally affecting movement, speech vision and hearing. This can make it more difficult to access and use devices such as smartphones, tablets and PCs. At the same time, access to assistive technology, online support and devices can help reduce the physical isolation that can follow a stroke.

For example, stroke is the commonest form of aphasia. People who are affected by aphasia, have trouble with the four main ways that we understand and use language, including reading, listening, speaking, typing or writing.

Aphasia causes anxiety in 44% of those who suffer from it, according to The Stroke Association.

A stroke can also cause issues of cognitive and physical impairment and is a common cause of anxiety and depression.

Technology can be part of the solution, which is why AbilityNet and the Stroke Association are working in partnership locally, and nationally.

We ran this webinar in association with The Stroke Association and were joined by members of the organisation's Helpdesk.

About the webinar

When did the webinar take place?

Our webinar was FREE to join and took place jointly with The Stroke Association on 31 March 2020 at 11:00 am.

What we covered in the webinar

In this webinar, we showcased the Stroke Association's online tool My Stroke Guide, which offers information as well as access to peer support from other stroke survivors.

AbilityNet volunteer Lawrence Knight will be on hand to share his experiences of helping stroke survivors find solutions that can help them to adapt, as well as representatives from The Stroke Association's Helpdesk.

We also shared some top tips for apps that can help with aphasia, apps to help stroke survivors with anxiety and apps for cognition and memory.

During the webinar, we:

  1. Explained to you how we're working together to empower stroke survivors
  2. Lawrence spoke about his experiences at Milford on Sea
  3. Shared details of how you can find support via My Stroke Guide
  4. Introduced you to apps to help with aphasia, memory and anxiety

Who is this webinar for?: [this webinar has already taken place]

  • Stroke survivors and their carers
  • Stroke survivors who need help to adapt existing technical devices
  • Stroke survivors who want to access peer support online

The webinar lasted 1 hour and included a brief question and answer session. At the point of registration, you will have the opportunity to submit questions you would like our presenters to respond to on the live webinar. Everyone who registered for the webinar will receive access to the recording, including those unable to attend live. We use MyClearText to provide live captioning of our webinar for deaf people and those who are hard of hearing.

Webinar recording, slide deck and transcript

A captioned recording of the live webinar is available on YouTube and on-demand below, along with a transcript and the slide deck used during the webinar.