Our long-running Aphasia Threads series was the inspiration for this simple project bringing together people with aphasia, caregivers, and professionals around a question: Why are you a part of the aphasia community, and what do you get out of connecting with others through the NAA?
Each post weaves together all three viewpoints with a bonus contribution from board members for Aphasia Awareness Month. Celebrate our community and share your own answer to take part in this ongoing series.
Question: Why are you a part of the aphasia community, and what do you get out of connecting with others through the NAA?
I am a person with aphasia
I get to see others’ issues so I can learn and help them, and I don’t feel alone. —Bruce L.
I am a caregiver
My daughter, a former attorney, has aphasia, logopenic variety. NAA helps me to understand it and connect with others who are facing the same catastrophe. —Ruth P.
I am a professional who works with people who have aphasia
The NAA provides invaluable resources to people with aphasia, caregivers, and professionals. I enjoy sharing Aphasia Threads with my patients as they are then motivated to share their own stories. It’s a wonderful way to connect with others through the range of groups offered. Additionally, the monthly talks with a variety of wonderful multidisciplinary speakers provide the knowledge we need to best serve people with aphasia. Community is everything! —Antonella
I am an NAA board member
Support. Knowing that we are not alone. One of the greatest benefits of joining a strong community is the accompanying sense of belonging.
Education. The opportunity to engage with aphasia peers, professionals, and students in a one place.
Diversity and inclusion. Opening the spectrum of opportunities across language and racial barriers as well as and resources for those living with aphasia, their caregivers, the medical fields, educators, and students. —Doreen Méndez-Sierra, Community Outreach, Education, Chair National Aphasia Association