september 23 aphasia cafe

Aphasia Cafe: Unique Aphasia Traits

Aphasia is not one-size-fits-all. Broca’s aphasia is different from primary progressive aphasia, and even Broca’s aphasia differs from person to person. At the same time, aphasia advice is often presented as applying to all types of aphasia. This is done because there are also many similarities in what helps all types of aphasia, such as aphasia-friendly communication tips.

We want to hear some of the unique aspects of your aphasia that are often forgotten when people speak generally about aphasia. That’s the topic we’re tackling in the next installment of our Aphasia Cafe series. These informal video chats bring the conversation and camaraderie of a face-to-face group into the comfort of your own living room.

All the Details

Everyone is welcome to our video chats, though they are structured specifically for people with aphasia in mind. Our chats are a mixture of people with aphasia, caregivers, and professionals who work with people who have aphasia. We ask that everyone uses aphasia-friendly communication.


The next meeting is on September 23rd at noon ET (that’s Eastern Time).


The topic we’re discussing: What are unique aspects of your aphasia that are often forgotten when people speak generally about aphasia?

Download Zoom

Before the meeting, download Zoom, which is free video chat software for your computer or mobile device. If you’ve never used Zoom, check out our quick guide to installing and using Zoom.

Collect Your Thoughts

Our chats are HUGE (as in lots and lots of people), so let us walk you through the format so you know what to expect.

  • The form below contains a place where you can give a few thoughts you’d like to discuss connected to our meeting topic
  • We choose some answers and create slides so there will be text on the screen that you can read to aid communication
  • During the chat, we’ll ask you to elaborate on your answer while your slide is on the screen
  • Other people can chime in after you speak if they have thoughts they want to add
  • But don’t worry if you just want to listen and not speak. You can do that, too
  • If you DO want to chime in, there are two ways to do that during the chat––use the chat box OR use Zoom’s “raise hand” function. We’ll talk about how to do that in our reminder email and at the beginning of the chat
  • Remember, relax, take your time, and enjoy yourself. You’re in an aphasia-friendly space

Finally… RSVP (Yes, You Need to RSVP Each Time)

Sign up for each chat by filling out the form below. We’ll send you a reminder for the call beforehand along with a link to the meeting. You will not be able to join us without signing up. Sign up is open until Monday, September 21st at 8 am ET (again, Eastern Time).

Still have questions? Send us an email about this chat to We’re happy to help.



  • John Bridenhagen
    September 16, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Thank you for this portal

  • Anonymous
    September 17, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Will you be able to cover Global Aphasia as thats what my father has and I can’t communicate with him very well and vice versa its very stressful and sad as he was an English and Maths Teacher for 50 years so its tough seeing him struggle, being unable to communicate and guess. I find it heartbreaking. he is currently in a nursing home. All of this happened 6 months ago and he was perfect on the 25th Feb, life has taken such a dark turn for us a as a family.

    Thanks Lisa

  • Mary Emerick
    September 20, 2020 at 10:09 am

    My husband has PPA. This pandemic has been hard on him and he has declined. He had speech therapy last last without much success. We need help. I hope you have some online training for me.

  • ANDRÉ Payant
    September 29, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Could i view or listen in on sept 23 session pls and pos become a partipant-with my brother who is a diagnosed aphasia.
    Also can i attend with roger my brother the oct session using my tablet.

    André W Payant

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