After Wordsis proud to collaborate with the National Aphasia Association in helping to make difference in the lives of those touched by aphasia. Through awareness, advocacy, media and education, we can reduce the mystery associated with aphasia and enhance the quality of life.
Public Television Schedule
If you do not see your area below, don't despair! We are posting dates as we receive the information from our distributor. Please keep checking the site at least once a week! You can also contact your local public television station and request that they air the film.
Jerome Kaplan, Speech-Language Pathologist, Co-Founder &
Director of Community Outreach
Vincent Straggas, Filmmaker, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Ellayne Ganzfried, M.S., CCC-SLP, NAA Executive Director
What is After Words? After Words, an award-winning documentary co-created by Jerome Kaplan, a highly respected speech-language pathologist, and Vincent Straggas, an award-winning filmmaker and director, premiered in 2003 and has been shown around the world. After Words illuminates the struggle faces by persons touched by aphasia, as well as the challenges faced by family, friends, and health care providers. A powerful portrait of the human spirit emerges.
Our Mission The mission ofAfter Words is to utilize film to raise aphasia awareness in order to give a face and voice to those touched by the condition and to increase the understanding that aphasia is a disorder of language, not intelligence or personality. There is considerable fear and stigma associated with the inability to communicate, both in the individual's own family, as well as within the larger community.After Words, through portraits of individuals living successfully with aphasia, will illustrate ways to enhance communication. Through a better understanding of the communication process and a variety of medical, therapeutic, holistic, and artistic approaches, remarkable progress can be achieved. As fear diminishes, understanding emerges and opportunities for better care, greater recovery, and a return to fuller and more meaningful lives can be achieved.
1. Release of the new film "After Words" containing new footage, commentary, and portraits of persons living successfully with aphasia.
2. Airing of "After Words" on public television.
3. Local screenings of "After Words" at academic, medical, senior, and community centers, as well as film festivals, panel discussions facilitated by speech-language pathologists, persons with aphasia, and family members.
4. Short videos featuring persons living successfully with aphasia and emphasizing the life participation approach to aphasia. These videos will be accessible via Youtube and the NAA website.
How to Become Involved
* Become a sponsor
* Host or sponsor a screening of the after words project in your community
* Host a fundraising event
* Make a donation (see below)
The National Aphasia Association is a non-profit organization and, as such, donations are tax deductible. If writing a check, please indicateAfter Words in the memo line of your check. You will receive a letter of acknowledgement.
We greatly appreciate your support.
Please click herefor a downloadable form that you can fill out to accompany your donation. The form may be mailed to the NAA with a check or credit card information, faxed (with credit card information) to 212-267-2812, or scanned and emailed (with credit card information) to firstname.lastname@example.org.