Every year approximately 4,000 Houstonians acquire aphasia. One day they communicate effortlessly and the next they may have limited language skills or none at all. The effect on them and their loved ones is devastating.
Just imagine how you might feel if suddenly you were unable to speak or understand. Everything changes. You may no longer be able to perform your job. Your friends, though well intentioned, don't have the skills to relate to you. Your loved ones share your frustration but they too have lost your presence as they have always known it and are heartsick.
Houston's medical center is an international leader, but for people with aphasia there is little hope after the first three months following trauma. Leading neurologists, therapy professionals, and others have expressed excitement and relief that there will finally be an aphasia center in Houston.
Though HARC in its present configuration will only be able to serve a small proportion of those afflicted, it is a beginning and will provide several hundred people annually with the skills necessary to improve. We anticipate that through our website we will serve as a resource center pointing many more people toward the supported communication model.
In order to establish this center and to develop satellite organizations across the city, we are relying on on Houston's famous philanthropic generosity. Please consider making a financial gift to HARC today. Simply click the Donate Now speech bubble and know how grateful we are for your support.
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