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4/25/2016 Member News
How Can You Vote if You Have Trouble Reading?


How to Vote If You Have Trouble Reading

Voices of Hope for Aphasia
2901 1st Avenue North, Suite 101
St. Petersburg, FL 33713  

Contact: Dr. Jackie Hinckley, Executive Director  
(727) 249-1953

St. Petersburg, FL, Monday, April 25, 2016If you lost your ability to read, how could you vote? That is the plight of 1 in 4 stroke survivors who experience a condition called aphasia. The technology and tools that are available at the polls to help people with aphasia and the many others with disabilities that make it difficult to read or cast their ballot will be available to try at a free event on Wednesday, April 27 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Sunshine Center Auditorium, 330 5th Street North, St Petersburg, FL 33701.

One of the machines to be demonstrated, the AutoMark, can “read” the ballot out loud and helps people who have print disabilities to understand the ballot, and check their own vote. “People with reading disabilities due to stroke or brain injury, learning disabilities, or visual impairments can all have difficulty reading a ballot”, said Dr. Jackie Hinckley, Executive Director of Voices of Hope for Aphasia, the nonprofit organization that is organizing the event. “The AutoMark enables a person with this kind of disability to go to the polls and cast their ballot independently, which is a right and a responsibility in our democratic society.”

The technology will be on display and available to try out at the free event open to the public, thanks to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office, whose staff will be on hand to show off the technology and answer questions.

“Everyone has the right to vote secretly and confidently. Our organization has a mission to help people living with communication disabilities reconnect with their lives, and voting is a basic right and activity of all American adults”, added Hinckley.

For more information go to:!Overcome-disabilities-and-vote-confidently-and-secretly/c2512/56e819330cf2bc133ba0b763.  

About Voices of Hope for Aphasia

Voices of Hope for Aphasia ( is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in St. Petersburg, FL, that provides group and community programs for people with aphasia. The 2 million people in the United States who are living with aphasia experience the loss of the ability to understand, speak, read, or write. Individuals with aphasia have intact intelligence and are mentally competent, but have trouble finding the words they need to express themselves. The condition is similar to living in a country where you don’t speak the language.

For more information, go to: or call 727-249-1953