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Friends of Aphasia

Imagine losing, in an instant, your ability to communicate. Imagine struggling to say your own name, write a simple email or read the newspaper. These are realities for people living with aphasia.

If you are like most people, you’ve probably never heard of aphasia. Aphasia is a communication disorder that robs individuals of their ability to speak, understand, read and/or write. Typically, it results from a stroke, but it can also be caused by a traumatic brain injury, a brain tumor, a brain infection or brain degeneration. And despite limited awareness among the general population, aphasia is far from rare; it affects over two million Americans (6,000 people in Pima County alone!), and that number is expected to grow as our population ages and as medical advances increasingly save the lives of individuals who suffer strokes and other brain injuries.

Friends of Aphasia strives to enhance the lives of those living with aphasia, including individuals who have aphasia, their families and their community, through efforts to support the following: (a) access to quality, patient-centered aphasia therapy services focused on participation in meaningful life activities; (b) development and implementation of community education, advocacy and outreach programs; and (c) research aimed at advancing innovative and effective aphasia treatment approaches.

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