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

  • Can weak electrical current applied to the skull boost recovery from aphasia?

  • +-*When people lose their ability to speak and communicate due to brain damage caused by stroke or trauma, as persons with aphasia do, there is a good news and a bad news. The good news is that often not all is lost. Depending on the extensiveness of the damage, bits and parts of the brain that […]

  • What do most people know about Aphasia? How about you?

  • +-*A few years ago the Aphasia Institute of Toronto created a video in which a reporter from the institute walked the streets of the city and asked people at random what they knew about Aphasia. Judging from the video – not much. The answers ranged from people guessing that it could be a skin condition to, […]

  • Oliver Sacks
  • Oliver Sacks’ latest book “On the move” is a glorious memoir.

  • +-*Oliver Sacks, a celebrated neurologist and writer, and a board member of the National Aphasia Association, has spent a good deal of his life writing about the fascinating and frightening world of mental illness and disability. One of his most popular books “The man who mistook his wife for a hat” tells the stories of patients […]