Aphasia is a language disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control language. It occurs most often from a stroke or brain injury. It affects a person's ability to communicate, but does not affect his or her intelligence. Aphasia can affect all aspects of language, including: speaking, understanding speech, reading and writing.
  • Spread the word to your friends on Facebook and have them click "like" on the Adler Aphasia Center's page. Follow us on Twitter.
  • Send an email to all your family, friends & work colleagues to let them know about aphasia.
  • If you know someone with aphasia, tell them about our Center.
  • Tell healthcare providers that people with aphasia can continue to improve over a lifetime.
  • Volunteer your time at the Adler Aphasia Center.
  • Donate funds to help us continue to provide direct services, education & training and research on behalf of people with aphasia and their families.
  • More than 2,000,000 people or about 1 in 250 people in the United States currently have aphasia.
  • Each year, there are about 80,000 to 100,000 new cases of aphasia in the U.S.
  • The major cause of aphasia is stroke. Other common causes are head injury and brain tumor.
  • It is estimated that 25% - 40% of people who have a stroke will have aphasia.
  • There is no known cure for aphasia, although aphasia usually gets better with time.
  • There are many different types of aphasia, but all people with aphasia have difficulty communicating their thoughts and ideas.
  • Aphasia does not discriminate. It occurs in people of all ages and all walks of life.
  • Most people have never heard about aphasia!
  • There is a lack of awareness and understanding of aphasia both among professionals and the public-an especially troubling fact insofar as more than 25 percent of American families will eventually be affected by aphasia.
General communication tips:
  • Be patient. Give the person extra time to talk.
  • Speak slowly.
  • Gesture or point while you are speaking.
  • Use an adult tone of voice.
  • Respect any way the person communicates - speaking, gesturing, writing, and/or drawing.
  • Ask yes/no questions.
  • Repeat or rephrase what you say.
  • Have a pen and paper handy.


If you have any questions or want to learn more about aphasia, please contact us at the Adler Aphasia Center.

Executive Director, Karen Tucker: (201) 368-8585, ktucker@AdlerAphasiaCenter.org
Education & Training Coordinator, Wendy Greenspan, wgreenspan@AdlerAphasiaCenter.org
Outreach and Education Coordinator, Robin Straus: rstraus@AdlerAphasiaCenter.org