Aphasia Centre of Ottawa

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Contact Information
Office Phone 613-567-1119
Crisis Phone 613-489-4131
Fax 613-567-8930
E-Mail gillian@aphasiaottawa.org
Website www.aphasiaottawa.org
Primary Contact Stephanie Isaacs, Volunteer Coordinator; Email: stephanie.isaacs.aco@gmail.com
Volunteer Coordinator Joanna Dickson, Volunteer Coordinator; Email: aphasiavolunteer@gmail.com
Primary Executive Gillian Gailey, Executive Director; Email: gillian@aphasiattawa.org
Alternate Executive Kathy Stiell, Director, Family Support & Social Services; Email: kathy@aphasiaottawa.org
Address & Map
2081 Merivale Rd, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON K2G 1G9
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Physical Access Fully Accessible
Description & Services
Description (Service) Community-based agency dedicated to the long-term support of people affected by aphasia, a language disorder that can occur in persons who have had a stroke and often after other injury to the brain * Speech-language pathologists, social workers and a communicative disorders assistant in partnership with other community-based professional colleagues and trained volunteers, provide programs to help people adjust to living with aphasia and to again be active participants in the community * Services are also available for people with Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA)  
* Communication Therapy and Counselling Groups 
* Enhanced Professional Intervention and Co-Therapy Groups: For people who are re-entering the community following rehab/day hospital treatment * Participants meet once weekly over a 12-week period for two hours, in smaller groups of 3 to 4 people with professional intervention by a speech-language therapist, social worker and communicative disorders assistant 
* Supported Conversation Groups: Speech-language and social work staff supervise trained volunteers, who facilitate conversations in small groups of people who have aphasia * The primary focus of these groups is communication - the sharing and exchange of ideas by whatever means * In addition to speech, participants are encouraged to use gesture, drawing, facial expression and body language 
* Individual/Family and Group Speech-Language Therapy and Counselling: Support for everyday situations in the focus of therapy provided by speech language and social work staff * Individual therapy is often directed at enabling the person with aphasia to carry out a personal project * Examples of personal goals: accessing regular community activities * reconnecting with long-standing friends * regaining power of attorney * accessing emotional support * discussing medical issues with physicians * changing financial plans * Therapy can be provided on an individual basis or in small groups of two or three persons, where participants share common experiences * Persons with aphasia are assisted in creating Life History/Communication Books to facilitate communication with family, friends and other participants in ACO programs. 
* Counselling: Provided by a certified social worker who is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy * Individual, couple, family, and group therapy available 
* Family Support Groups: Spouses and family members participate in a series of four sessions with up to 4 other couples. Provides a interactive and informative introduction to ACO and living with aphasia. 
* Physiotherapy Groups: Groups of three to four persons participate in one-hour individualized therapy programs, under the supervision of a physiotherapist and clinical trainer, with support from trained volunteers 
* Volunteer Training: Volunteers learn effective communication techniques for conversational partnerships with aphasic adults and to provide program support for the specific groups and individuals to whom they are assigned 
* Workshops and Information Seminars
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Lanark County - North ; North Grenville ; Ottawa (City of) ; Prescott and Russell United Counties ; Renfrew County ; Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
Person 18 years and older who has aphasia as a result of stroke or head injury or other brain damage and the families, friends and caregivers of adults with aphasia and related communication difficulties.
Application Referrals to the Centre are made by a speech-language pathologist, a social worker or self referrals * also referrals from families, and from other qualified professionals are accepted, with speech-language pathology assessment to be arranged. 
A physician's authorization and assessment by physiotherapist are required prior to starting physiotherapy programs
Languages English ; French
Fees Service - sliding fee scale
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Other Details
Social Media Facebook Facebook: www.facebook.com/Aphasia-Centre-of-Ottawa-162351457162895
Twitter Twitter: twitter.com/@AphasiaOttawa
Legal Status (50) Non Profit ; (51) Registered Charity
Established 1990
Funding Provincial - Local Health Intergration Network ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 893571869 RR0001 ; Fees ; Private
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Print Material Resource library * pamphlets * books * videos
Date Updated 04 Sep 2018
Service Categories Caregiver/Care Receiver Support Groups ~ Communication Impairments ; Disease/Disability Information ~ Communication Impairments ; Health/Disability Related Counselling ~ Communication Impairments ; Health/Disability Related Support Groups ~ Communication Impairments ; Special Libraries ~ Communication Impairments ; Special Libraries ~ Stroke ; Speech and Language Pathology ~ Communication Impairments

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