Aviva Cohen of Neuro Hero launching her new app with Minister Sean Sherlock, TD
Congratulations to SEI Award Winner 2012 Aviva Cohen who recently launched ground-breaking speech and language therapy apps for stroke and brain injury survivors
The apps (for IoS and Android) will provide affordable home-based therapy solutions for families whose loved ones have communication difficulties arising from stroke, brain injury and a range of other conditions.
We were delighted to see Minister Sean Sherlock TD, who was recently announced as the Minister with responsibility for social enterprise, launch the four Talk Around IT apps.
12 months on from taking home an Impact Award at the 2012 Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards, Aviva Cohen talks about her journey with her organisation Neuro Hero and the incredible difference support from SEI has made.
As I listened to the announcement for the second Impact Awardee I turned to my daughter and said “I didn’t get the Impact award but …”. I rationalised that I was managing her expectations but really I was trying to manage my own. She looked at me and said “Mum, look…you’re on the big screen!”. It may sound strange but at that moment I didn’t think about the very generous funding or the publicity, I didn’t even think about the incredible mentoring and support. I just kept thinking “I get to spend more time with these extraordinary people”.
Over the past year the Impact Award has made a genuine difference to Neuro Hero. We have exceeded all our targets by releasing 4 apps and 10 short videos to support people with communication difficulties and their families. We have had incredible opportunities to meet new people and develop new ideas. We are in the process of creating 3 apps for families living with dementia, 10 videos for people living with Parkinson’s disease, 3 more apps for communication difficulties and a suite of 3D educational animations.
SEI made it possible to bring my dreams to life, to create a real business with the potential to help countless families. Their support has been exactly what I needed and when I needed it; from our priceless mentoring sessions to the well thought our workshops and welcome advice. SEI have introduced me to incredible people, exposed me to new ideas and even transported me to India where I shared the journey of a lifetime with the most extraordinary traveling companions. SEI is not just an organisation, we are a family.
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