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Date Thursday, December 09, 2004
Contact Joan Peters 
Tags aphasia · stroke · communication disorder
More than one million Americans have acquired aphasia – a greater number of people than have cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or muscular dystrophy. Aphasia, which impairs the ability to speak, understand speech, read and/or write, affects about 25 to 40% of stroke survivors. Because of the disconnect between their ability to think and their inability to communicate, people with aphasia often become extremely frustrated, depressed, and isolated.

To make matters worse, the majority of people with aphasia are discharged from the hospital without knowing that their condition has a name or that their condition can improve with time, speech therapy, and/or community supports. If they do learn they have aphasia, they are often told, “Nothing can be done about it.” Since they are not put in touch with other people with aphasia, they often feel completely alone. Even for those who do receive speech therapy, coverage is usually minimal.

As a result, lack of information about aphasia – what the disorder is, the fact that long-term improvement is possible, how to communicate with an individual with aphasia, how to network with other affected individuals compounds aphasia’s devastating consequences.
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