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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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

  • Happy Birthday, Oliver Sacks!

  • +-*Dr. Oliver Sacks wrote and told many stories over the years about his patients’ struggles with disease and their feats in the face of extraordinary challenge. In one of them, he narrates how he used to greet aphasia patients by singing “Happy Birthday” to them, irrespective of whether it was their birthday or not. He did this because […]

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

  • +-*When people lose their ability to 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, parts of the brain that used to be involved in speaking […]

  • 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, […]

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