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 three locations, in Maywood, Toms River 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 Haddonfield, Hammonton, Maywood, Monroe, Toms River, and virtually.
Adler’s drama club performs a play every year where members with aphasia sing, dance and act.
Something Special, a unique design studio located in the Center, was created by a core group of members with aphasia with the guidance and leadership of the Center’s Something Special program director in 2009.