Our long-running Aphasia Threads series was the inspiration for this simple project bringing together people with aphasia, caregivers, and professionals around a question: Why are you a part of the aphasia community, and what do you get out of connecting with others through the NAA?
Each post weaves together all three viewpoints with a bonus contribution from board members for Aphasia Awareness Month (and now, a little beyond). Celebrate our community and share your own answer to take part in this ongoing series.
Question: Why are you a part of the aphasia community, and what do you get out of connecting with others through the NAA?
I am a person with aphasia
Want to learn to read and how to better communicate with people. —Anthony
I am a caregiver
To learn and to share experiences. —Jim, husband of a person with aphasia
I am a professional who works with people who have aphasia
I connect with the National Aphasia Association for my clients, my students, and myself! I can refer my clients and their families to NAA for reliable information and resources; I share NAA information with my graduate students so they become familiar with a platform dedicated to serving people with aphasia; and I connect for professional resources and networking. NAA is a wonderful association with a trustworthy mission and values! —Kelly R., Marshall University
I am an NAA board member
I sought out the NAA to find the best resources to care for my father, who has primary progressive aphasia. What I found was an extremely caring and dedicated community that supports all people with aphasia. From this community, I have learned an incredible amount about aphasia, I find opportunities to connect with other families and caregivers of persons with aphasia, and I enjoy connecting with the wonderful staff and board members of the NAA. —Lauren, NAA Board Member