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to see a MnCAN aphasia conversation group in action!
This 5 minute video is full of stories from people living with aphasia
as MnCAN’s director describes MnCAN’s life participation approach.
What is aphasia?
Mike had a stroke several years ago at age 54. As he remembers it, “I woke up in the hospital and was unable to speak or walk. In the coming days, I learned about aphasia and apraxia. The hardest part was that my mind was intact; I just could not get out the words. I talked to my daughter, wife and my grandkids every day and not to be able to do that was just about unbearable. Slowly with my family I was easier to understand; it was a constant game of charades. My family and therapist told me I was getting better all the time but it still wasn’t fast enough for me. It was about that time my speech therapist told me about MnCAN. She suggested that I go to a meeting and see what it was all about. What I found was a group of people just like me. They lost their communication skills instantly like I did and we work hard to encourage each other to get better.”
MnCAN is a non-profit organization that provides services and support to people like Mike who are living with the impact of aphasia. It is a place to relearn and practice conversational speech skills and strategies, develop supportive relationships, and challenge each other to set new goals to participate in their communities and activities.
People with aphasia CAN!
To improve the quality of life for individuals living with aphasia by supporting increased:
- communication skills
- participation in their communities
- achievement of personal and communication goals
People with aphasia
actively participate in life