What is Aphasia?
Imagine suddenly being transported to a foreign country where you can’t speak or understand the language. Your intellect intact, with a clear knowledge of what you want to say, you have thought, but are without access to the words to say it or even write it. Words you hear or read appear unclear or without reference. “Why can’t I communicate?”
What you have just imagined is what life is like for individuals with a communication disorder known as Aphasia. Aphasia is the result of injury to the brain from stroke, tumor and other illnesses. This frustrating impairment affects more than one million Americans. That is more than the number of individuals who suffer from Parkinson’s Disease or Muscular Dystrophy. Individuals who have aphasia may receive speech therapy in the hospital, as an outpatient or through home health. Many recover a good deal of their communication with these interventions. But, unfortunately, for most, aphasia is a chronic battle, one that impacts their families, their social and vocational pursuits and their quality of life. And too many people have heard statements such as, “You will make all of the recovery you will ever make in the first 6 months or one year!” “You have reached a plateau”…these statements are just NOT true!
With healthcare dollars dwindling, the solution is often to “get as good as you can get” and then deal with it. The Triangle Aphasia Project, Unlimited is committed to better outcomes than that! As a nonprofit organization serving the Triangle and beyond, the Triangle Aphasia Project. Unlimited offers solutions… individualized, personalized and compassionate answers to those affected by aphasia. Our mission is to serve individuals with aphasia, their families, and the community through innovative life participation approaches that maximize communicative potential and reduce barriers to social re-engagement.