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a•pha•sia (uh-fay’-zhuh) n. A language disorder that
impairs the expression and understanding of spoken language, reading, and writing. It occurs most often from a stroke or brain injury. This frustrating condition affects a person’s ability to communicate, but does not affect his or her intellect.
With Grotta Fund’s funding support in 2012, the prime goal of this unprecedented project, to successfully replicate the Adler Aphasia Center model in Maywood, NJ, has more than exceeded our expectations.
When the Adler Aphasia Center at JCC MetroWest opened in June, 2012, we had one licensed speech therapist, five members with aphasia, two days of programming, a small handful of volunteers, no formal caregiver support group, and a Jewish Community Center with several thousand members and employees who didn’t have a clue about the meaning of aphasia.
Today we have two licensed speech therapists, 16 members who have enrolled with close to a 90% attendance rate, are preparing to expand to four days of programming, 14 committed volunteers, a Life Coach who leads a formal caregiver support group that meets weekly, a Speech Pathology graduate student intern from Seton Hall University, and a Jewish Community Center whose staff and members now embrace our members with aphasia by including them in much of their programming and events.
The participants attend activities of their choice, in the arts, technology, discussion groups, movement and more, all facilitated by licensed speech language pathologists, trained volunteers and student interns. Caregivers receive support through weekly discussion groups as well.
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