Founded in 1987, NAA is a consumer-focused, nonprofit organization that promotes public education, research, rehabilitation and support services to assist people with aphasia and their families. Our mission is to promote universal awareness and understanding of aphasia and provide support to all persons with aphasia, their families and caregivers. Resources include:
- Website www.aphasia.org
- NAA Hotline (800-922-4622)
- NAA National Registry of Aphasia Support Groups and Affiliates throughout the U.S.
- The Aphasia Handbook: A Guide for Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors and Their Families
-Free Information Packet
-Aphasia Awareness Training Program for Emergency Responders -Aphasia Friendly Business Program -National Aphasia Awareness Month in June -Annual Regional Conferences -Multicultural Task Force
Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language but does NOT affect intelligence. Aphasia impairs the ability to speak and understand others and most people with aphasia experience difficulty reading and writing. More than 1 million Americans have aphasia and there are over 200,000 new cases each year.
Aphasia can occur in people of all ages, nationalities, socio-economic backgrounds and equally among men and women. Understanding, patience and a few commonsense strategies will help family, friends, caregivers, businesses and the public communicate with people with aphasia. Be sure to have their attention, be in a quiet place, give them a chance to speak and use gestures.