"Aphasia? Where's that on the map? Do I need to worry about it, like China, Russia or Iran?"
No, aphasia isn't a new national security threat, but it affects 2 million people in the United States alone. An impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read and write, aphasia is caused by an injury to the brain, most commonly from a stroke, but also other brain trauma, like accidents, tumors, or infections.
Few have ever heard of aphasia and General Michael V. Hayden, who has had aphasia since suffering a stroke in November 2018, would like to change that as part of Aphasia Awareness Month.
The former director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency will be joined by three national experts: Darlene Williamson, President of the National Aphasia Association; Thomas Broussard, Jr., founder of Stroke Educator, Inc., and leader of the national aphasia awareness campaign "Aim High for Aphasia!"; and Jerome Kaplan, founding member of the Aphasia Community Group at Boston University's Sargent College.
This is a presentation of the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security, located at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government in Arlington, VA. This event will be recorded.
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