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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  • The Legacy of Oliver Sacks

  • +-*The aphasia world has lost one of its foremost and longest advocates.  Dr. Oliver Sacks died Sunday, August 30, 2015.   He was a longstanding member of the Board of Directors of the National Aphasia Association. We are grateful to Dr. Sacks for his efforts to better understand the neurological changes faced by many survivors; how […]

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  • Whistled Turkish tickles both sides of the brain – Science Magazine

  • +-*In a mountainous region in Turkey, the local population communicates through whistling, instead of using words. Science Magazine writes: One of a handful of whistled languages throughout the world, whistled Turkish is still Turkish—it has the same words and the same grammatical structure—but it has a different physical form. A whistle replaces the voice, just […]

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  • Charlestown Residents Spotlighted in Photography Exhibit Running Through August 13 | Charlestown, MA Patch

  • +-*Caitlin McDonald assisted several clients in the Aphasia Center at MGH Institute of Health Professions, while earning her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree in 2015. She has combined her education with her interest in photography to present “Thousands of Words”, a photography exhibit that runs through August 13 at the health sciences graduate […]