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Ithaca College to Host New Aphasia Support Group

 ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca Community Aphasia Network (ICAN), an organization recently founded by Ithaca College faculty member Yvonne Rogalski as a way for adults with acquired language disorders to express themselves and be heard, will begin weekly meetings at Ithaca College on Thursday, Feb. 9. Free and open to the public, the meeting will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 213 of the Center for Health Sciences. Subsequent meetings will take place every Thursday at that time and place. Free parking will be available.

“Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process and produce language. It can affect comprehension, production, reading and writing but it does not affect intelligence,” said Rogalski, an assistant professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Aphasia affects about a million Americans, or 1 in 250 people. More than 100,000 Americans acquire the disorder each year through strokes, head injuries, brain tumors and other brain traumas.

“ICAN will provide a casual and comfortable atmosphere for participants to talk, share experiences and help each other face the challenges in their everyday lives,” Rogalski said. “We don’t have an agenda other than our goal of communicating, through words, gestures, pictures or computer assisted technology.”

Two masters-level students from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, under Rogalski’s supervision, will facilitate the sessions. In addition, students in Rogalski’s “Aphasia and Related Language Disorders” class will sit in during one of the sessions in order to have a hands-on opportunity to interact with persons with aphasia.

For more information, contact Yvonne Rogalski at or (607) 274-3430.