The Adler Aphasia Center, a non-profit organization, is a community center that addresses the long-term needs of people with aphasia, a language disorder caused by stroke or other brain injury. The center offers low-cost therapy that provides its participants (called members) with self-confidence and communication skills to improve their quality of life, a unique design studio located in the center, was created by a core group of members with aphasia with the guidance and leadership of the center’s technology coach in 2009. Members meet several times a week to design and create handcrafted jewelry, custom designed greeting cards, keepsake boxes, photo calendars and more.

The concept was created as a result of the technology tools used at the center. Although their lives have changed, members flourish using their newfound skills. Initiated to enable members to contribute to the center, the store’s real success is reflected in the education of buyers and recipients about aphasia, in building members' self-esteem and in improving their communication skills.

All proceeds from sales directly support the activities, programs and services of our center, the only post-rehabilitation therapeutic center of its kind in the greater NY/NJ area.
  • Artisans contribute to the growth of the center- in its first full year, 2,286 hours were donated, 572 orders were filled and 1,940 gift items were created
  • Builds self-esteem and confidence as artisans realize the value of their work
  • Provides opportunities for participants to express themselves artistically, when words are hard to find

  • Marketing and sales training instruction provided at monthly planning meetings
  • New technologies and craft tools are introduced to our artisans, teaching them to be productive members of the community
  • Provide opportunities to build and demonstrate communication skills


  • Artisan biographies, highlighing their lives with aphasia, are included with each product
  • Community partnerships, through multiple off-site store sales, educate the public about aphasia
  • Artisans participate in product sales throughout the community