Affiliate Highlight: Aphasia Recovery Connection
We’re continuing with our affiliate highlight series, this time turning our eye to Aphasia Recovery Connection in the United States, though they also reach people in 121 different countries!
Learn What Makes Aphasia Recovery Connection Unique
The Aphasia Recovery Connection is a national non-profit for families – by families. We work to help end the isolation of aphasia by offering ways for families to connect and interact with one another and with professionals.
Here Are Some of the Services They Offer
The Aphasia Recovery Connection offers the largest online support group on Facebook with over 10,000 members. We also offer Zoom calls seven days a week with Virtual Connections, a collaborative program with Lingraphica and over 50 professional volunteers. Aphasia Recovery Connection leaders are frequent speakers and authors, and raise aphasia awareness in the press and on social media. We offer Aphasia Cruises annually.
They Have Great Success Stories
At our aphasia events, we often encourage people with aphasia to separate for dinner from their loved ones after a day or two, once they are comfortable. This increases independence and confidence. It is a joy to see the caregivers’ faces as they watch their loved ones interact with others solo! It’s like watching your toddler take those first – and very important steps!
The Pandemic Changed a Few Things…
It has been a joy to engage people with aphasia every day on Zoom. To hear the laughter and sense of community is heart-warming. The isolation is real – so connection really does matter. As one caregiver shared, I heard my husband singing while he was on a Zoom call – and I started to cry.
They Specifically Offer
Services specifically for people with primary progressive aphasia
Support groups or counseling specifically for caregivers
Online discussion groups, support groups, events, or online one-on-one therapy
A Few Last Things You Should Know
We bring all three groups together — professionals, care partners, and people with aphasia — to learn, to share, and to connect. Aphasia Recovery Connection was recognized by Facebook, and we were invited to Facebook Headquarters to further expand our social network’s reach of impact.
We were featured on The Doctors, and our founder, David Dow, co-authored Healing the Broken Brain.
Contact the Aphasia Recovery Connection for speech services and support groups.
The NAA is highlighting our affiliates to connect people with aphasia and caregivers to their services and to celebrate the amazing work they’re doing.
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