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
The NAA helps me focus on encouraging myself and others to live a full life, even with aphasia. I appreciate connecting with others to share our experiences, to laugh together, and to learn from each other. —Wanda, a 17-year stroke survivor
I am a caregiver
Involvement with like-minded people, needs, services, and research. —Bridget N
I am a professional who works with people who have aphasia
NAA is a community filled with resources to not only support professional development but also to support people with aphasia to improve their quality of life. —Emily W, Co-Founder of Flower City Speech Connections
I am an NAA board member
I was a caregiver for many years, and my wife was president of the NAA for several years. I am privileged to work with fellow board members and associates who care deeply about the aphasia community. —Dan Martin