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Episode 118 Resources: Learn about Aphasia

Release Date: June 7, 2023
Archive Episode 118: Learn about Aphasia
Guest: Carol Dow-Richards, the Founding Director of Aphasia Recovery Connection
Moderator and Host: Barry Whaley, Project Director of the Southeast ADA Center


Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC)
A nonprofit organization 501(c)3 in Leland, North Carolina
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What Is Aphasia?

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health:

Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to portions of the brain that are responsible for language. For most people, these areas are on the left side of the brain. Aphasia usually occurs suddenly, often following a stroke or head injury, but it may also develop slowly, as the result of a brain tumor or a progressive neurological disease. The disorder impairs the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing. Aphasia may co-occur with speech disorders, such as dysarthria or apraxia of speech, which also result from brain damage.

Resources from Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC)

  • Helpful Links about Aphasia
  • Books for People with Aphasia and Their Families
  • Talk Tools
    Download these “Talk Tools” communication boards to help you communicate in your home, hospital and community.
  • Personalized Wallet Cards
    A quick and easy way to communicate your individual needs to others.
  • Aphasia Posters
    To raise awareness about aphasia download and share these posters on social media or print and hang them at home or in public spaces.
  • Friends & Family Information Sessions
    These free sessions are offered on Zoom.
  • Bloom Aphasia Retreat
    Small group sessions offer tools and strategies to help you and your loved one live successfully with aphasia, including-specific conversation groups, tips and resources, social time, and fun.
  • Dance Between Words
    A weekly dance and movement class for people with aphasia guided by a dance educator who modifies the dances to fit all abilities.
  • ARC Aphasia Cruises
    Each cruise includes optional fun and educational programs led by speech-language pathologists and other experts. These sessions focus on building new language skills, coping with survivor and care partner stress, and learning how to use new communication technologies.

Learn More about Aphasia

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