The National Aphasia Association (NAA), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1987 in response to the more than one million persons with acquired aphasia, a disorder caused by brain damage, affecting the ability to communicate, most often brought on by stroke. The NAA's primary purposes are to promote public awareness; improve society's attitudes towards persons with aphasia; increase contact among those with aphasia and their families; provide information and publications to individuals with aphasia, their families and professionals; stimulate programs which might increase the access and availability of support services for persons with aphasia; and promote research which addresses the improvement of the quality of life for those with aphasia. NAA is not a support group, research organization or referral agency and does not at this time, deal with developmental (childhood) aphasia. NAA facilitates the development of local Aphasia Community Groups for persons with aphasia and their families.
Publications include a media kit including a PSA and press release, aphasia fact sheet, The Aphasia Handbook: A Guide for Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors and Their Families, NAA Question & Answer Sheet, Selected Reading List, brochure and a newsletter.
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