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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 […]

Getting on with the rest of your life after stroke and aphasia: a study of life participation post stroke

October 17, 2016 Following stroke, many people experience difficulty with social interaction, recreational activities, and even regular daily-life activities. This is often a result of limited physical mobility, mood changes such as experiencing depression, or, for some, dealing with a cognitive impairment. For persons with Aphasia, difficulty speaking or understanding others is a particular challenge. […]

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, […]

SLPs, aphasia centers, support groups – become an affiliate!

July 25, 2016 Our free online database of Affiliates, which includes aphasia centers, speech language pathologists, and support groups, has grown to several hundred members from all across the country. The number of people using the database has increased by nearly 60% compared to last year, with about 5000 unique visitors of the affiliates listings in the past 3 months. Some of the affiliate pages get […]

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 […]