Individuals suffering from aphasia experience difficulties with various aspects of communication including impaired and limited speech, difficulties with language comprehension, and difficulties with reading and writing. Aphasia results from significant damage to the speech and language processing centers of the brain, and is a common result of traumatic brain injury, or certain illnesses. Aphasia is often caused by cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), commonly known as “stroke," as well as accidents, brain tumors, and various diseases.
People with aphasia often have trouble expressing their thoughts and desires, and they can become challenged by communicating with those in their immediate environment.
Every year in Israel, approximately 15,000 people are affected by the debilitating consequences of CVA, some 4,500 of whom suffer from aphasia.