Aphasia is a communication disorder affecting over

1,000,000 Americans

In 2020, yearly number of aphasia cases will

double to 180,000

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Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person's ability to process language, but does not affect intelligence. Aphasia impairs the ability to speak and understand others.

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aphasia stories

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  • Living with Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA)

  • There are two kinds of Aphasia: the kind that has an identifiable cause such as stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) … and the kind that doesn’t. When a person for unexplainable reasons begins to exhibit a progressive deterioration in language functions (speaking, understanding, reading, writing, etc.), Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is suspect. When subsequent […]

  • Where Every Word is Precious – Arizona Public Media

  • One typical day in January, Alex was working at her job as the director of environmental studies for Cochise County. Five months later, she was in a hospital bed unable to move or communicate as she had before. A stroke had changed Alex’s world forever. Beyond the physical toll, the impairment of her ability to […]

  • The gray beyond: A family copes after tragedy – The Washington Post

  • Thomas “TC” Maslin easily reads to himself the local newspaper or latest issue of the Economist. Reading aloud a simple children’s book is another story. “Five little ducks went out one day. Over the hills and far away. The woman duck said quack, quack, quack,” he says. Read it again, his instructor prompts. “The mother […]