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Aphasia is challenging, isolating, and frustrating. Here you can find information to help you better understand aphasia, typical treatments, and assistive technology options. You are not alone: over one million people in the U.S. have aphasia.

News and Updates

Aphasia gets a spotlight during Joe Biden’s Presidential Medal of Freedom acceptance speech

January 13, 2016 Today, in a surprise ceremony, President Barack Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian award of the United States. Mr. Biden gave a moving acceptance speech that was peppered with personal stories about friendship, support, family, and his children. During his speech, Mr. Biden told the […]

How many people are aphasia aware? 2016 National Aphasia Awareness Survey results.

December 12, 2016 People with aphasia and their caregivers consistently report to the National Aphasia Association (NAA) that they confront a lack of awareness of aphasia or misconceptions about the condition. To understand better the level of aphasia awareness among the general population, we conducted a national awareness survey involving more than a thousand respondents throughout the […]

Affiliate Spotlight – Adler Aphasia Center

We spoke with the Adler Aphasia Center to learn more about their services, their approach, and why they find working with Aphasia so important. In this profile, they also share with us their favorite success story with a patient and what makes their center unique. Check out their NAA listings at the end of the […]

Affiliate Spotlight – Austin Speech Labs

Austin speech labs offered some insight into their work and how they are able to promote their services to help the Aphasia community. We loved hearing about their therapy approach and an uplifting success story they shared about one of the amazing young men they worked with. Tell us about what you do and what […]

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National Aphasia Association Response to Statements by Trump Campaign Spokesperson

In response to a recent statement by Trump campaign spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, and the article which appeared in the Washington Post, the Board of Directors of the National Aphasia Association, the organization representing individuals with aphasia, would like to set the record straight.   Aphasia  (or dysphasia) is a condition affecting manipulation of language, including comprehension, […]

We asked: Does difficulty with speech imply intellectual disability? See how people responded

June 2016, Aphasia Awareness Month One key message that the National Aphasia Association and other aphasia advocates work hard to disseminate is that aphasia affects speech and language but not intellectual capabilities. Persons with aphasia, and even those with other language disabilities, are frequently perceived as having intellectual deficits because they have difficulties expressing themselves, finding the […]

Aphasia awareness through music and song

June, 2016 Aphasia Awareness Month  What better way to spread awareness about Aphasia and have some fun in the process than to write a song about it! This is what the Niagara Aphasia Program in Ontario, Canada, did. They created a music video and invited persons with Aphasia to star in it. Here is the project described in […]

Why we need more awareness about Aphasia

June, 2016, Aphasia Awareness Month What are the everyday struggles of persons with Aphasia and their caregivers? Many people don’t know. We have collected some of the emails we receive from patients and caregivers who have agreed to share their stories with all of us in the hope that this will help increase awareness about this challenging and […]

Your church, cinema, bookstore, or Facebook page – where will you go to raise awareness about Aphasia this June?

May, 2016 Aphasia Awareness Month of June is approaching, and it is time to plan activities that can help people in your community learn about this condition. Here we started a list with some ideas to help you plan your aphasia awareness event. What are your ideas? Share them with the NAA [email protected] we will share with […]

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 […]