Aphesia has long been defined as a communication disorder that results from damage to the parts of the brain that contain language. Aphasia may causes difficulties in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, but does not affect intelligence. Individuals with aphasia may also have other problems, such as dysarthria, apraxia, or swallowing problems. So why do only 8.8% of people have heard of aphasia and can identify it as a language disorder? We are here to change that, as an organization dedicated to providing the highest level of communication potential to people of all ages, we believe that every one of our members deserve to be heard. Every year, we have chosen to highlight one small portion of those affected by the vast human communication, hearing and related disorders.
By joining together here today, member of the OHSLA or not, you have decided to advocate for the rights of persons within your family and community alike, and for that we sincerely thank you here at the Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association.