may 19 aphasia cafe

Aphasia Cafe: Visual Aphasia

What does aphasia look like? While there can be physical signs after a stroke or TBI, aphasia itself is hidden until the person communicates.

Yet if I asked you to show me aphasia, there are plenty of visual representations: from whiteboards to aphasia cards to aphasia chat screenshots to pictures from a speech therapy session. We want to see aphasia through your eyes.

Join us for this next installment in 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 May 19 at noon ET (that’s Eastern Time).


The topic we’re discussing: What does aphasia look like?

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, May 17 at 8 am ET (again, Eastern Time).

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



  • debbie mandelker
    April 8, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    I am trying to understand and figure out my new life. I think this would help.

  • John bridenhagen
    April 14, 2021 at 8:24 am

    The other ways aphasia and other catagories occur, stroke, non invasive injury, and how long it takes to restablish a degree of verbal abilit

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