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.
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New Fall Programming and Partners
For the first time in our history, The Aphasia Network is introducing fall programming! In this unprecedented year, we sadly were unable to hold our summer Aphasia Camp Northwest Adventure Weekend. Connecting is vital to our aphasia community, and those connections couldn't wait until next year. We've developed three diverse fall programs in collaboration with our long-term community partner, Pacific University, and new community partners, University of Oregon College of Education and faculty at Portland Community College, to serve stroke and brain injury survivors with aphasia.
Aphasia Game Club
3:00pm - 4:00pm PST on Zoom
6 sessions (you may join any)
Thursdays September 15th & 29th
Thursdays October 13th & 27th
Thursdays November 10th & 24th
Fee: $15 suggested donation for series
Looking for a social activity this fall? Join us every other Thursday on Zoom for a fun hour of online games and socializing with other persons with aphasia. We are excited our long-term programming partners at Pacific University School of Communication Sciences and Disorders are providing creative adapted games led by speech graduate students!
Jeopardy, Bingo, I Spy, Name that Tune, Zoomed Pictures and more entertaining activities will help community members practice communication skills while having fun connecting with their peers!
Aphasia Horticulture Therapy Workshop
This 2-part Series is held on Zoom
Thursday October 15th
5:00pm - 6:30pm PST on Zoom
and Thursday November 19th
5:00pm - 6:00pm PST on Zoom
Fee: $25 includes materials
sliding scale and scholarships available
Spring into Fall while growing these beautiful "paper white" bulbs inside your home! You will receive all of the planting materials to join us and the Portland Community College Therapeutic Horticulture students and faculty for a fun evening of planting and learning! We will meet a second evening in November to view each others' plants and share our experience of nurturing nature and ourselves. We are pleased to introduce our first joint program with the PCC Horticulture team!
Please register by Thursday, October 8th in order to receive your materials in time!
4:30pm - 6:00pm PST on Zoom
Thursday October 22nd
Thursday November 12th
and Thursday December 3rd
Fee: $45 includes materials
sliding scale and scholarships available
Fall Aphasia Gratitude Socials
We are thankful for you and our community! We are thankful that we discovered how to gather together online with Zoom to stay connected this spring/summer and are looking forward to gathering again this fall. This season we will team with the University of Oregon College of Education speech program for the first time. We are excited for this new partnership and further expanding our community to bring joyful events to you.
This program will consist of 3 monthly socials where we will work with adapted communication tools to express and share gratitude for the little things in life in writing and craft activities. You will receive materials by mail. Please register soon to see old friends and new faces.
Events and Activities Calendar
A Big Thank You To Our
Spring Aphasia Workshop
Sponsors and Contributors!
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.
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!
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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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. AN 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, AN programs have helped train 712 students as well as 160 medical practitioners. These practitioners interact with, and treat, multiple stroke and TBI 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.