It's Still Me!
A Guide For People With Aphasia
& Their Loved Ones


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“It’s Still Me!”
©2009 Buzzco Associates, inc.
Created and produced by Buzzco Associates, inc.
Distributed by The National Aphasia Association.
 
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Candy’s mother suffered a massive stroke in 1994 and then survived another 12 years with aphasia, the condition that impairs a person’s ability to process language.  Because she could no longer speak, Candy noticed that even well-meaning friends stopped talking with her, and in fact, avoided looking directly at her when they came to visit.  As a tribute to her and as a needed public service, Buzzco created “It’s Still Me!”

“It’s Still Me!” is a 17-minute guide for people with aphasia and their loved ones in order to help them learn how to communicate with each other more effectively. It explains what aphasia is, some basic facts about brain function, how it feels to have aphasia and finally demonstrates some ways to communicate without words.  It acknowledges that the loss of words is devastating, both for those who have aphasia and for the people around them.  More importantly it also holds out hope for a rich and fulfilling future.

Buzzco was delighted when Allison Janney, the award-winning actress best known as CJ Cregg on “The West Wing,” agreed to narrate the film with her intelligent and caring voice.

Four aphasia centers (New York, Texas, California, and Canada) focus grouped the work-in-progress, and their input was invaluable in crafting the script.  Marc Black and Candy wrote “Heart to Heart” the theme song of “It’s Still Me!” and he subsequently scored the movie.

 “It’s Still Me!” is now available in Spanish: “¡Sigo siendo yo!”

CREDITS


Directed & Designed by

Candy Kugel & Vincent Cafarelli

Executive Producer   

Marilyn Kraemer

 

 

Narrated by

Allison Janney

 

 

Animation

Vincent Cafarelli, Rick Broas

 

Bryon Moore, Candy Kugel

 

 

Written By

Candy Kugel

         With help From

Aphasia Center of West Texas

 

Aphasia Center of California

 

The Aphasia Institute –Pat Arato Aphasia Centre

 

National Aphasia Association

©2009 Buzzco Associates, inc.               All Rights Reserved

 

The Inspiration for "It's Still Me!"
Adelaide (Chig) Kugel 1918-2006

She lived with aphsia for over 12 years