2014 AM/VI Conference Comments from Buffalo
From the President ...
The International Association of Laryngectomees convened a hugely successful meeting in the Adams Mark Hotel in Buffalo, New York, June 25-29. The IAL board committees held meetings Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to conduct business and determine future plans.
Tuesday evening, emergency medical personnel came in from the local community to learn the proper method to resuscitate neck breathers. The class was enthusiastic and well received.
Wednesday the Voice Institute began teaching Speech Language Pathologist (SLPs), laryngectomees, caregivers and graduate students the knowledge needed for patient rehabilitation and voice restoration.
Wednesday evening the IAL hosted a "Meet and Greet" buffet that allowed the laryngectomees, caregivers, SLPs and graduate student a chance to get to know one another.
Thursday evening featured the WebWhispers banquet. Friday afternoon the IAL hosted a free bus trip to Niagara Falls. Close to 100 people enjoyed the parks on a beautiful afternoon. The Voice Institute participants spent Friday afternoon in a hands-on clinic at Erie County Medical Center, where individual profession help was given. Saturday the technical trainings wrapped up. Annual Meeting raffle winners were announced and the IAL hosted a great banquet and with an evening of fun entertainment.
Thanks to our attendees for becoming new participants and friends. Thanks to the staff for the unparalleled training and care. The meeting creates a gratifying feeling as we help the new laryngectomees. We would also like to say thank you to the returning laryngectomees and associates that have supported the IAL Annual Meeting and Voice Institute year after year.
We invite laryngectomees, caregivers, SLP's and the graduate students to attend the 2015 AM/VI in Towson, Maryland on the northern edge of Baltimore. The dates are from June 10-14, 2015. Come join us to learn and develop the skills to cope with the life of the laryngectomee.
Our website can be found at http://www.TheIAL.com or (866)425-3678.
2015 AM/VI Conference Announced for Baltimore
Join us for the International Association Of Laryngectomees Conference
64rd Annual Meeting
55th Voice Institute
June 10 - 14, 2015
Old Time Rock and Roll
Tru Tone Tony Talmich - Old Time Rock N Roll
Tony Talmich sings Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" with his artificial larynx!
Painter and long-time VSC staff
member Dorothy Wiegner at work
A Special Fellowship for Visual Artists Touched by Cancer
Please help us spread the word about our Dorothy Wiegner Artist Fellowships. These three fellowships will provide 4-week VSC residencies to outstanding visual artists who are cancer survivors or whose lives have otherwise been directly touched by cancer.
The Dorothy Wiegner Artist Fellowships were established in 1997 by late VSC board chairs Barbara White and Diney Goldsmith in memory of their friend, a painter and long-time VSC staff member. The fellowships support artists whose lives...
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"The Laryngectomee Guide”
"The Laryngectomee Guide”
written by Itzhak Brook MD
Author: Itzhak Brook MD
"The Laryngectomee Guide” written by Itzhak Brook MD, a physician and a laryngecomee is available for free to all IAL members. Dr. Brook is a Professor of Medicine in Georgetown Uniersity and a board member of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.
The Guide provides practical information that assist laryngectomees and their caregivers in dealing with medical, dental and psychological issues. It contains information about the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy; the methods of speaking; airway and stoma care, and voice prosthesis. In addition it addresses eating and swallowing issues, medical, dental and psychological concerns, respiration and anesthesia, and travelling as a laryngectomee.
To obtain the Guide click on http://tinyurl.com/buljbxr
A paperback and Kindle Edition are also available through http://dribrook.blogspot.com/
MEDICARE RULE FOR PURCHASING/DISTRIBUTING INDWELLING PROSTHESES – How is it impacting you?
I have asked for this message to be posted on behalf of myself, Jeff Searl (speech pathologists, University of Kansas Medical Center), and Meryl Kaufman (speech pathologist, Emory University). We are requesting your input to better understand how the current Medicare rules for purchasing and distributing indwelling voice prostheses have affected both patients and providers. The data will be analyzed and presented in an anonymous fashion at the upcoming American Speech Language Hearing Association Convention in Chicago, IL.