People With Aphasia

Some people with aphasia have notable accomplishments. Here are some people with aphasia, with links to their websites.

Lou Albert is a stroke survivor with a website.

Harvey Alter was founder and President of the International Aphasia Movement. He was featured in a New York Times Article in 2008

Paul Berger is a stroke survivor. He is the author of several books, including “How to Conquer the World With One Hand and an Attitude”
and “You Can Do It! 105 Thoughts, Feelings and Solutions to Inspire You”

Steve Brown – stroke and apraxia

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Kate Conway has a card company. You can find her contact information at

Peter Cornelis started Hope for Stroke to help other stroke survivors and co-survivors. This group no longer appears to be active on the internet. If you know otherwise, please let us know.

Mary Drylewicz, a former data analyst, found great artistic ability after suffering a stroke. A segment about her was shown as part of News12 New Jersey’s To Your Health segment.

Robert Gellman developed a new technique for playing his guitar after his stroke. His music is available for purchase online.

Rob Hollander, PhD authored an Aphasia diary of a stroke and the effects of aphasia, written firsthand by an academic linguist and sometime neurology instructor, *unedited* in order to observe writing deficits, as a clinical resource.

Chris Ireland wrote poems after his stroke. You can read some of his poems here.

Edwin Jenks wrote an e-book about the experience of having a stroke. He did not have aphasia, but he wrote movingly about his hemiplegia and mental changes. His e-book “On Being Struck By A Stoke – Causing My Body To Go On Strike” no longer appears to be available online. If you know otherwise, please let us know.

Winston Lindsley is a stroke survivor with aphasia and apraxia. He developed WinGO Global website as a resource site for patients and support personnel dealing with Speech Aphasia and Apraxia issues.

Adam Miller is a software programmer who has taken up painting. Here is a link to some of his paintings.

Robert Muni says, “Desire’s the fuel of life. I feel really alive when I want something more than basic survival needs. Life’s hard. It’s supposed to be. If you don’t suffer, we wouldn’t learn a thing. Memory is a wonderful thing if you don’t have to deal with the past. Memory’s never finished as long as we are alive. What’s lost is lost.”

Barbara Newborn had a stroke at the age of 21. She wrote a book about her experience “Return to Ithaca: A Woman’s Triumph Over the Disabilities of a Severe Stroke.” Today she is a yoga instructor.

Dennis Sheehan is a professional chef who has aphasia after a stroke. He has posted cooking videos on Youtube.

Sharon Smith is a woman with aphasia who has written poems after her stroke. You can read some of her poems here.

Herb Silverman had a stroke at the age of 27. After many years of recovery and life experience, he is now a senior product and IT specialist, and a motivational speaker. Read what Herb says

Kitti Tong has aphasia from traumatic brain injury after a car accident.
She started “SAY Younger Aphasia Group on Facebook.

She also has a YouTube Channel for Say Younger Aphasia

Don Weinstein wrote a book “My Stroke: 450 Days From Severe Aphasia To Speaking, Reading and Writing.” Read an article about the need for aphasia empowerment by Don Weinstein at
The book is available at Amazon

Leonard Zion began writing poetry after his stroke. He published a book, “Moments of Wonder” It is available for download from theses sites.

Jerry, Mary and Chris are three individuals with aphasia who started a blog to share their personal stories, trials and triumphs. “We are working on our speech, language, spelling, writing and computer skills. We (Jerry, Mary and Chris) had strokes. We have been coming to the Nazareth College Aphasia Clinic for many years. We are doing a Blog to spread the word about stroke patients who are dealing with Aphasia.”

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