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Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program (ACDP)

Aphasia and Communication

Stay connected with the new ACDP Newsletter​​

Social connection is more important than ever right now, so our Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program (ACDP) team has created this aphasia-friendly newsletter to keep you connected, engaged, and informed during this pandemic. We hope you find it useful, and we look forward to seeing you all in person again. 

What is Aphasia?​


Aphasia is a communication disability that can occur after a stroke, brain injury or brain illness. 

If you have aphasia, it may be hard to:

Understand Speech
Understand Speech

People with Aphasia are intelligent and know what they want to say.

People with aphasia, often have other communication problems, such as:

  • Dysarthria: Weak speech muscles make speech sound slushy.
  • Apraxia of Speech: Problems making the movements needed for speech such as:
    • starting the movement
    • planning the movement
    • getting the movements in the right order

Watch Living with Aphasia Video



YouTube Icon  Watch the short video series "Voices of Aphasia" from the National Aphasia Association.

Communication Tips for the Person with Aphasia

  • Get rid of distractions. For example, turn off the T.V.
  • Look at the speaker and watch their mouth.
  • Watch the speaker's gestur​​es and face for clues.
  • If you don't understand, ask the speaker to "Say that again".
  • Ask the speaker to:
    • Speak slowly.
    • Repeat the message or say it in a different way.
    • Show you what he means.
    • W​​rite down the message.
  • Take your time.
  • If you can't find the exact word, talk around the word.
  • Use any means to get your message across.
    • Gesture
    • Draw
    • Write the first letter of a word
  • Use a communication book to find information.
  • Ask your partner if he understands you. Ask "Did you Understand?"

Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program

ACDP Program The Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program (ACDP) is an Ontario-based program for adults with communication disabilities and their loved ones. The program is run by a team of communication professionals that include Communicative Disorders Assistants (CDA), Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), and trained volunteers working to advocate, improve communication, enhance quality of life, support independence, provide communicative access and encourage participation in community life.

We offer clients a variety of programs designed to promote socialization and community involvement, including: 
  • ​Conversation groups
  • Book Clubs
  • Life History Communication Books
  • Creative Writing and Expression 
  • Exercise and Mobility 
  • ipad Training
  • Creative Art and Painting
  • Aphasia Retreat Days 

To join March of Dimes Canada's Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program click here. 

Contact Us

The Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program serves York and Simcoe regions, Durham region, Peterborough area and Greater Toronto area.

Main office - Richmond Hill

March of Dimes Canada 
Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program  
13311 Yonge St., Suite 202
Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 3L6
(289) 380-0685

Maple Health Centre
10424 Keele St.
Maple, Ontario, L6A 2L1
(905) 303-0133 ext. 73672 (Wednesdays only)​    

Ne​wmarket Health Centre
194 Eagle St.
Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 1J6
(905) 895-3628 ext. 73418 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only)

Northminster United Church
300 Sunset Boulevard
Peterborugh, Ontario, K9H 5L3
(705) 761-8844 (Thursdays only)

Parkview Village
12184 Ninth Line
Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 3N6
(905) 904-0674 (Thursdays only)

Mackenzie Health
9401 Jane St.
Vaughan, Ontario, L6A 4H7
(905) 883-1212 ext. 3885 (Tuesdays only)

Westminster United Church
1850 Rossland Rd. East
Whitby, Ontario, L1N 3P2
(905) 904-0674 (Mondays and Fridays only)

This program is funded by the Central LHIN

Ontario Central Local Health Integration Network