Sarah Wallace, Associate Editor for this issue, and I are pleased to invite you into the online pages of the newest issue of TLD: Volume 37, Issue 1, “A Turning Point for Inclusion” of Adults with Aphasia: Removing Barriers and Implementing Facilitators." This issue is the culmination of efforts by issue editors, Tami Howe and Robyn O ‘Halloran, to produce an issue that highlights facilitators and barriers to participation for people with aphasia when communication difficulty is a defining feature. Howe and O’Halloran invited contributors to describe recent developments about inclusion and participation for people with aphasia from around the globe.
First, Menger, Morris, and Salis review a method of using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health from the World Health Organization to evaluate Internet use in people with aphasia. Next, Sather, Howe, Nelson, and Lagerway describe the concept of flow as it relates to people with aphasia. Third, Howe provides a closer look at the impact of environmental factors affecting participation of people with aphasia through an exploration of found opportunities for social participation. Fourth, Johnson and Solarsh provide an overview of a program designed to increase communication access throughout the community. Fifth, Pearl and Cruice describe methods and provide examples of ways in which researchers may include people with aphasia in research studies.
Finally, O’Halloran, Carragher, and Foster describe the use of two conceptual models as a framework for understanding environmental factors that affect people with aphasia. Many questions remain about how to remove barriers and improve outcomes to allow people with aphasia to participate in their lives in meaningful and desired ways, but the deeper understanding of the issues from the perspectives of participants in multiple countries is a solid place to start.
Nickola Wolf Nelson, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief
Julie Wolter, Ph.D., Associate Editor
Sarah E. Wallace, Ph.D., Associate Editor