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Mike and Elaine Adler, two successful entrepreneurs and community activists, founded the Adler Aphasia Center in 2003 located in Maywood, NJ. Ten years earlier, Mike had suffered a stroke after bypass surgery. The stroke left Mike with aphasia. Elaine’s life changed as well. She felt frustrated, confused and helpless as she tried to put their changed lives back together. Although there were many hospital-based speech pathology services in the area that could help Mike with his aphasia, the Adlers found no program that could help him adjust to living with aphasia. The Adlers researched speech pathology clinics around the world and uncovered several unique programs where people touched by aphasia were learning new ways to communicate. Today, the Adler Aphasia Center offers two locations, in Maywood and West Orange, NJ, that welcome people with aphasia and their caregivers and offers them innovative quality programming and services that help people re-engage in their communities and get on with their lives. Additionally, the Center offers bi-monthly Aphasia Communication Groups in Bridgewater, Haddonfield, Hammonton, Maywood, Monroe, Morristown, North Bergen, Scotch Plains and Toms River.

Mike & Elaine were married in 1949 and co-founded the Myron Corp, a promotional products mail order firm specializing in marketing products exclusively to other businesses. Today, it is one of the largest businesses in Bergen County. Both Mike and Elaine received honorary doctorate degrees from Ramapo College and gifted the college to fund the new home of Ramapo College’s nursing program, called the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence.   They have been honored by the National Aphasia Association, Anti-Defamation League, UJA Federation, Boys Town of Jerusalem, Children’s Aid and Family Services, American Speech Language & Hearing Association, Bergen Community College, Bergen County Department of Human Services and Hadassah. Elaine is a trustee of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine and is a founding board member of Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey. She also serves on the boards of Ramapo College, the Jewish Home Family, the USA Toy Library Association, the Center for Interreligious Understanding and the executive board of the Community Resource Council. The Adlers were awarded the AFP-NJ’s Annual Excellence in Philanthropy Awards’ 2015 Outstanding Philanthropists.

Adler Aphasia Center has been awarded the 2013 Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Award and the Rehabilitation Center of the Year at the 2011 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Award Program. The Center is also the recipient of the 2011 Nonprofit Leadership Award from Children’s Aid and Family Services.