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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.

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Celebrate the Small Victories with Aphasia

This past weekend, my husband and I celebrated the fact that I was in a good place with an on-going project. It wasn’t the end of the project — that is a date far off in the future — but it was a moment we could point at as measurably different from the start of […]

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The Word Escapes Me: Tackling Aphasia Myths

People with aphasia are silent. People with aphasia can’t communicate at all. Aphasia only affects the old. These myths and more are tackled in chapter three of Ellayne Ganzfried and Mona Greenfield’s new book, The Word Escapes Me. Even professionals come into their first experiences with aphasia holding certain myths in their mind, and it’s […]

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Are You Looking for Work With a Job Search After Aphasia?

We were recently asked a common question that is difficult to answer: Which jobs are best for people experiencing aphasia? The person was unable to do their previous job and needed to find alternative employment. This is a common problem for people experiencing aphasia, but this question is difficult to answer because of the individual […]

The Swain Center – helping clients find hope in their communication circumstances

Jenica Jospeh from the Swain Center for Listening, Communicating and Learning in Santa Rosa shares with the NAA what she most enjoys about working with aphasia clients and that encountering negativity is a challenging part of her work. Tell us more about what you do and what services you provide to persons with Aphasia The Swain Center […]

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The Word Escapes Me: Talking About Aphasia

The irony of aphasia is that the moment you’re handed a diagnosis of this communication disorder, you are filled with a need for words. Words that explain, understand, and comfort, given by doctors, caregivers, and other people with aphasia. You need information. You need to know that you’re not alone in your struggle. You need […]

Affiliate Spotlight – the University of Texas at Austin Aphasia Research and Treatment lab

We spoke with the the University of Texas at Austin Aphasia Research and Treatment lab (ARTlab) 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 […]

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 […]