- Empowering people with aphasia of all ages to reclaim their lives and stay engaged in daily activities after losing their ability to speak, read, write and understand language.
- Giving family members and caregivers strategies and resources to cope with the changes in their lives and challenges to their families.
- Training first responders how to recognize people with aphasia and communicate with them effectively.
- Helping businesses become aphasia friendly with simple, commonsense approaches to customer service.
- Increasing public awareness of aphasia.
- Advocating on local, state and national levels for people with aphasia and their loved ones.
The Next 25 Years
- As our population ages, the number of people acquiring aphasia after a stroke continues to increase. It’s estimated that there are 200,000 new cases of aphasia each year.
- Many returning war veterans injured by IEDs have aphasia. We need to accommodate them as they resume their civilian lives and seek employment.
- Insurance coverage for speech therapy, the most effective treatment for aphasia, is extremely limited to only a few weeks or months. We need to extend coverage benefits because people with aphasia can continue to improve with regular speech therapy even after a year.