The after I words Project is proud to collaborate with the National Aphasia Association in helping to make difference in the lives of those touched by aphasia. Through awareness, advocacy, media and education, we can reduce the mystery associated with aphasia and enhance the quality of life.
What is The after I words Project?
after I words, an award-winning documentary co-created by Jerome Kaplan, a highly respected speech-language pathologist, and Vincent Straggas, an award-winning filmmaker and director, premiered in 2003 and has been shown around the world. afterI words illuminates the struggle faces by persons touched by aphasia, as well as the challenges faced by family, friends, and health care providers. A powerful portrait of the human spirit emerges.
The mission of The after I words Project is to utilize film to raise aphasia awareness in order to give a face and voice to those touched by the condition and to increase the understanding that aphasia is a disorder of language, not intelligence or personality. There is considerable fear and stigma associated with the inability to communicate, both in the individual's own family, as well as within the larger community. The after I wordsProject, through portraits of individuals living successfully with aphasia, will illustrate ways to enhance communication. Through a better understanding of the communication process and a variety of medical, therapeutic, holistic, and artistic approaches, remarkable progress can be achieved. As fear diminishes, understanding emerges and opportunities for better care, greater recovery, and a return to fuller and more meaningful lives can be achieved.
1. Release of the new film "The after I words Project,"containing new footage, commentary, and portraits of persons living successfully with aphasia.
2. Airing of "The after I words Project" on PBS.
3. Local screenings of "The after I words Project" at academic, medical, senior, and community centers, as well as film festivals, panel discussions facilitated by speech-language pathologists, persons with aphasia, and family members.
4. Short videos featuring persons living successfully with aphasia and emphasizing the life participation approach to aphasia. These videos will be accessible via Youtube and the NAA website.
How to Become Involved
* Become a sponsor
* Host or sponsor a screening of the after words project in your community
* Host a fundraising event
* Make a donation (see below)
The National Aphasia Association is a non-profit organization and, as such, donations are tax deductible. If writing a check, please indicate The after I words Project project in thememo line of your check. You will receive a letter of acknowledgement.
We greatly appreciate your support. Thank you!
Please click here for a downloadable form that you can fill out to accompany your donation. The form may be mailed to the NAA with a check or credit card information, faxed (with credit card information) to [masked], or scanned and emailed (with credit card information) to [address removed].
For More Information
Contact Jerome Kaplan at [address removed] or (617)[masked]
Contact the NAA at [address removed] or (800)[masked]