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SCR-83 National Aphasia Awareness Month.(2011-2012)

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Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 83

Relative to National Aphasia Awareness Month.

[ Approved by Governor  September 10, 2012. Filed with Secretary of State  September 10, 2012. ]


SCR 83, Steinberg. National Aphasia Awareness Month.
This measure would declare that the Legislature recognizes June of each year as National Aphasia Awareness Month.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Aphasia is a communication impairment caused by brain damage, typically resulting from a stroke; and
WHEREAS, While aphasia is most often the result of stroke or brain injury, it can also occur in other neurological disorders, such as in the case of a brain tumor; and
WHEREAS, Many people with aphasia also have weakness or paralysis in their right leg and right arm, usually due to damage to the left hemisphere of the brain, which controls language and movement on the right side of the body; and
WHEREAS, The effects of aphasia may include a loss or reduction in ability to speak, comprehend, read, and write, while intelligence remains intact; and
WHEREAS, Stroke is the third largest cause of death, ranking behind “diseases of the heart” and all forms of cancer; and
WHEREAS, Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States; and
WHEREAS, There are about 4.8 million stroke survivors alive today; and
WHEREAS, It is estimated that there are about 700,000 strokes per year in the United States, with approximately one-third of these resulting in aphasia; and
WHEREAS, Aphasia affects at least 1,000,000 people in the United States; and
WHEREAS, More than 200,000 Americans acquire the disorder each year; and
WHEREAS, The National Aphasia Association is unique. Its mission is to educate the public to know that the word “aphasia” describes an impairment of the ability to communicate, not an impairment of intellect. The National Aphasia Association makes people with aphasia, their families and support systems, and health care professionals aware of the resources available to assist them to recover lost skills to the extent possible, to compensate for skills that will not be recovered, and to minimize the psychosocial impact of the language impairment; and
WHEREAS, As an advocacy organization for people with aphasia and their caregivers, the National Aphasia Association envisions a society in which “aphasia” is a commonly understood word and resources are available for educating people with aphasia, their families, health care professionals, and the public on how people with aphasia can reclaim their quality of life; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes June of each year as National Aphasia Awareness Month; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.