Aphasia is a communication disorder affecting over

1,000,000 Americans

In 2020, yearly number of aphasia cases will

double to 180,000

Learn about Aphasia

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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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Search our comprehensive aphasia-focused directory for support groups, aphasia centers and programs, as well as speech language professionals near you.

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The National Aphasia Association has been providing information and support to people with aphasia and their caregivers for over twenty-five years. And we couldn't do it without the generous support of our donors. Please consider making a donation today!

aphasia stories

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  • Primary progressive aphasia is not Alzheimer’s

  • April 4, 2016 Many people find it confusing to distinguish between Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) and Alzheimer’s, and there are good reasons for that. First, both are neurodegenerative conditions resulting from deterioration of brain tissue rather than an injury to the brain caused by stroke or head trauma. Second, the diagnosis of both conditions involves assessing language skills, deficits in […]

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  • My beautiful broken brain

  • Image Credit: mybeautifulbrokenbrain.com March 22, 2016 My Beautiful Broken Brain is an intensely personal story of a 34 year old woman, Lotje Sodderland, who documented through film her 1-year journey of recovery from hemorrhagic stroke, which resulted in Aphasia. One night, Lotje goes out to watch fireworks in London, her hometown, and at the end of the evening she […]

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  • A type of Primary Progressive Aphasia is caused by dementia plaques that affect left side of the brain

  • March 10, 2016 Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is a rare neurological syndrome in which language capabilities become slowly and progressively impaired, while other mental functions remain relatively preserved. Unlike other forms of aphasia resulting from stroke or traumatic brain injury, PPA is a degenerative brain condition. It results from deterioration of brain tissue affecting areas of the brain […]

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