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Welcome to The Aphasia Network

The Aphasia Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting an underserved population of persons with aphasia in the United States. Aphasia, an acquired communication disorder caused by brain injury or stroke, impairs comprehension and production of spoken language, but does not affect intelligence. Because communication is essential to relationships and performing daily tasks, persons with aphasia and their families can experience emotional, physical and financial stress and social isolation. Our goals are to raise awareness and help survivors rebuild communication-associated life systems impacted by aphasia:
Quality of life, Daily life skills, Community and Support.

For more information, email info@aphasianetwork.org

Year-End Giving Fundraiser

Text to Donate: AN2021GIVE

Online Programming

Connecting is vital to our aphasia community, and we are working on program plans for 2022 in collaboration with our long-term community partner, Pacific University, as well as faculty at Portland Community College and University of Oregon. We are hopeful we can hold some in-person programs, but we will have great online programs for sure!

Here are the programs available now:

Aphasia Game Club

Presented on Zoom!
Just 1 session left before winter break 

Tuesday December 7th
6:00-7:00pm
email for info:
TheAphasiaNetwork@gmail.com


Watch for a new series after the
new year!

Nonprofit Chair of the Board and CEO Retires
After 9 years of Leadership
Lisa Bodry Announced as New Chair and CEO

Suzanne Gardner, Aphasia Network Chair of the Board and CEO for 9 years, retired July 2021. During her tenure, Suzanne led the start up of the nonprofit and helped build a solid foundation to support continued growth and delivery of programs to the Aphasia Community. We thank Suzanne for her many years of service to the Aphasia Community!

 

The Aphasia Network Board of Directors elected Lisa Bodry, OTD, OTR/L, as the new Chair and appointed her the new CEO/Executive Director. Lisa was on the founding Board of Directors for The Aphasia Network and has served as Program Director for nine years. Please congratulate Lisa in her new roles!

Please take a few minutes to read Suzanne's letter of retirement here: 

Listen here >

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Communication Book Pages

We have been working hard to create new tools to help our community. Click the "RESOURCES" tab at the top of the page to see the newest additions to our website or click the button below to quickly access our new Communication Book Pages

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Giving Back

During Aphasia Camp Northwest Adventure Weekend 2019, our campers completed a philanthropic activity that gave back to Camp Magruder and all of the other campers that attend their programs. 

Campers built a beautiful elevated gardening bed for the chefs garden at the Camp Magruder dining facility. Attendees with disabilities can now help plant and tend to an herb garden that is at an accessible height!

 

Our campers love giving back to the community and sharing their skills to benefit others and promote conservation! A big thank you to occupational therapist Jason Joy for his generous donation of materials and time in coordinating this project. 

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Medical Student & Medical Professionals -

Aphasia Training at Our Programs

One of the most vital needs of persons with aphasia is effectively communicating with healthcare providers to obtain the services they need. The Aphasia Network is dedicated to improving this interaction from both sides – helping aphasia survivors’ communication skills and training medical professionals and students in these medical professions to effectively communicate with, and relate to, patients with aphasia.

Over the last 8 years, Aphasia Network programs have helped train 712 students as well as 160 medical practitioners. These practitioners interact with, and treat, multiple stroke and brain injury survivors each year. Each student will work with multiple aphasia survivors, continue to educate others in their field, and share their understanding of aphasia. The ripple effect of who these medical professionals and potential practitioners reach is exponential and an integral factor in changing the aphasia culture. 


Can you help support this important work? Please click here to donate now.

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Events and Activities Calendar 

Website Updates

You might notice the Aphasia Network website has a new look. We are updating new content every week. Please make sure to hit the refresh button on your browser so you are seeing the most recent changes! 

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