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SOMETHING SPECIAL HITS MILESTONE

Aphasia is a disorder of the brainPictured are Something Special volunteers and staff: Stacy Kaplan of Fair Lawn, Denise Powlis Lighty of Hackensack, Dolores Donatello of Paramus, Something Special Program Director Chrysa Golashesky of Bayonne, Teresa Ortyl of North Bergen and Linda Gould of Paramus.

Maywood   Center members with aphasia who participate in Something Special, Adler Aphasia Center’s vocational artisan program in which stroke survivors with aphasia design and handcraft unique jewelry and gifts, recently celebrated as their program hit the $300,000 mark in sales.

This innovative program, which started at the Center in Maywood in 2009, has provided ongoing revenue for Adler Aphasia Center activities for people with aphasia and their caregivers through sales at home parties, pop-up sales sites, health care facilities, and through events in partnership with corporate sponsors. Sales primarily support the Center’s Scholarship Fund for people with aphasia so that anyone with aphasia can participate in its programs and services, regardless of their ability to pay the Center’s nominal tuition fee. Something Special has provided scholarships to close to 100 people with aphasia since the program began.

Something Special will be holding its annual Holiday Boutique on Wednesday, November 2nd from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Adler Aphasia Center, located at 60 West Hunter Avenue, Maywood, NJ.  Refreshments will be served as customers browse a large selection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, desk items, paper crafts and hostess sets in a price range of $5 to $60. A couture line of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces will also be available for purchase. Every item comes with a bio of the artisan who handcrafted the jewelry or gift piece, helping raise awareness about aphasia.

Adler Aphasia Center, a non-profit organization based in Maywood and West Orange, NJ, is an innovative post-rehabilitative therapeutic program that addresses the long-term needs of people with aphasia and their families. Aphasia is a language disorder caused by stroke or other brain injury and can impair the expression and understanding of spoken language, reading and writing. This frustrating condition affects a person’s ability to communicate, but does not affect his or her intellect.

With almost 2,000,000 people diagnosed with aphasia in the U.S., the Center is the only center of its kind in NJ, an area with an estimated 70,000 people living with aphasia. Considered the world leader in long-term, post-rehab community-based care for people with aphasia, this communication disorder affects 40% of all stroke and brain trauma survivors.

For more information about this event, the Center’s programs and services in Maywood or West Orange, NJ, or for information about the Center’s Aphasia Communication Groups in Bridgewater, Hammonton, Maywood, Monroe, Morristown, Scotch Plains, and Toms River, visit their website at www.AdlerAphasiaCenter.org or call 201.368.8585.

 

 

 

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