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. 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
I have aphasia and hope to learn how others handle their aphasia. —Heather, brain stem injury survivor
I am a caregiver
I have a very good friend who has aphasia. Our friendship can be frustrating at times for both of us. NAA communication tips help me understand his frustrations as well as guide me to express myself in a manner that he can understand. —Char
I am a professional who works with people who have aphasia
I connect to learn and share with the community. They, in turn, share with their clients, and I share with mine. I have had a client participate with me in the past and will in the future. —Mary T.
I am an NAA board member
We know that certain marginalized populations are affected by aphasia more frequently and that they have less adequate access to treatment and resources than other people living with aphasia. In addition to its overall mission to be of service to persons with aphasia, the NAA is committed to bringing these disparities in aphasia to light and addressing them. I’m proud to stand firm with the NAA in this effort, and in all of its outstanding work. —Roy Hamilton, aphasia researcher and diversity advocate