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
Nonprofit Chair of the Board and CEO plans to retire
after 9 years of leadership
Suzanne Gardner, our Chair of the Board and CEO, plans to retire on June 1, 2021. During her nine-year 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.
The Aphasia Network Board of Directors is recruiting and interviewing for a new Chair and volunteer CEO/Executive Director and already has identified interested candidates. If you know of additional candidates for the open positions, Board positions or volunteers, please feel free to email us at . We look forward to sharing the news of new team members – decided by the Board of Directors – with you in early May.
Please take a few minutes to read Suzanne's letter of retirement here:
Listen here >
Thank you for giving during the
2020 Fall Gratitude Fundraiser!
With your help we raised $9,318 that we needed to support our 2020 quick pivot to online programming and the introduction of fall programming desperately needed to help the aphasia community connect during the pandemic.
We plan to deliver online programming this winter, spring and early summer with the hopes of an in-person event in late August and online programming again in the fall.
Can you help us deliver these important services?
It is easy to set up a monthly or one-time donation by clicking below. Every dollar helps!
Watch stories from our community members about the pandemic impact and the love of our programs during our 2020 Gratitude Fundraiser.
Connecting is vital to our aphasia community, and we are working on program plans for this winter and spring 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.
Keep checking back for details on new workshops, socials, retreats and more!
Here are the programs available now:
Aphasia Game Club
4:00pm - 5:00pm PST on Zoom
6 sessions (you may join any)
Tuesday February 9th
Tuesday February 23rd
Tuesday March 9th
Tuesday April 6th
Tuesday April 20th
Tuesday May 4th
Suggested donation for series: $15
Looking for a social activity this Winter & Spring? Join us every other Tuesday 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 peers!
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.
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.
A Big Thank You To Our
Spring Aphasia Workshop
Sponsors and Contributors!
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
Events and Activities Calendar
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