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Aphasia Center of West Texas, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Brain Disorders, Education, Educational Services, Health, Health Support

Mission: The Aphasia Center of West strives to improve the quality of life for individuals and families coping with aphasia by overcoming communication barriers.

Results: Last year, Aphasia Center members re-engaged in life's activities and interactions through over 4,209 visits to the Center's 12 weekly classes.

Target demographics: Individuals coping with a reduction in language (speaking, reading, writing) following brain injury such as stroke.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 78 individuals coping with aphasia

Geographic areas served: There is no geographic restriction, but most travel from within the Permian Basin area of West Texas and eastern New Mexico.

Programs: We provide conversation groups, reading and writing groups, caregiver's training, computer labs, book clubs, fine art, music and exercise classes.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

They are the real deal. My wife has received their services for over 10 years. They provide outstanding leadership, outstanding staff and outstanding volunteers. ACWT has a deep love for those in need, at every level of their organization. ACWT truly and always, 100% of the time, convey the message "what can we do for you". And, that attitude of caring was started by the founder Kathryn Shelley and resonates through every person involved in making what the ACWT is today. My wife and I thank them all from the bottom of our hearts. Randy and Lisa Reynolds

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a speech-language pathologist in west Texas for the past five years. I have worked for an inpatient rehabilitation hospital where I have seen and treated many individuals with aphasia after a stroke or brain injury. The Aphasia Center of West Texas provides a sense of hope and direction for people with aphasia by providing them with a future free from the isolation and misunderstanding many have to endure. The Aphasia Center educates people with aphasia, their friends and family, as well as, the community around them. As a speech-language pathologist, I feel privileged to have them as a resource and a next step for the patients and families that I serve. Every single person associated with the Aphasia Center is a delight to interact with! You will always be greeted with a warm smile and know that you are in the hands of someone who genuinely wants to help.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was first introduced the the Aphasia Center in 2011 as a long-time community member and was very impressed with their services, their excellence and their integrity. At that time I was working for another non-profit agency in Midland and loved my job but I also wanted to make a difference by volunteering in a totally different type of service so I chose the Aphasia Center of West Texas. In the years that I assisted with their annual fundraiser, they never ceased to amaze me, I was hooked!! In 2015 I joined their staff and now I'm even more impressed with the Aphasia Center of West Texas! From the outside looking in, they were fantastic but now, from the inside...I'm even more convinced that they were what I thought them to be. They do absolutely everything with the utmost integrity and distinction starting with their programming and into their fundraisers and day-to-day operations. The staff and volunteers alike treat everyone with the highest regard, it makes me proud to be included with this amazing group of people!! Coming into the office and hearing the laughter daily is such evidence that the programs provided for our clients are successful and meaningful to their lives. I can't say enough good things about this agency, The Aphasia Center of West Texas is making a profound difference in the lives we serve, their families and our whole community!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I co-wrote a CD of songs with a stroke survivor from Los Angeles. We then recorded the songs and created a documentary film, as well... all designed to inspire stroke survivors and care givers. I have since presented this work all around the Country and, for that reason, have visited many support centers.

I can honestly say that none of the centers operates on the high level of the Aphasia Center of West Texas. During my visit, it felt like everyone could find room to be themselves, express their heart and find joy. The folks at the Aphasia Center of West Texas have created an environment of caring and tenderness that should be supported in every way possible.

Miri L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to work for the Aphasia Center for 8 years now and it has been one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had. I don't consider this a job because I absolutely love doing everything that my job entails. I enjoy coming to work and seeing the members smiling faces. The Aphasia Center offers them most of all hope. Something most of them have lost in all that they have encountered. Most of them come in feeling alone and leave with a sense of family cause everyone here can relate to their struggles and offers them the support they need. I am with out a doubt glad to be a part of this organization and hope to be her for another 8 plus years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional in the field of Speech Language Pathology it was challenging to discharge patients from therapy services that were still in need of help. Rehabilitation for major neurological events are often cut short due to reimbursement issues. The Aphasia Center offers the next step for ongoing and useful support when people acquire aphasia. Aphasia leads to isolation and major life change. The Center works with these individuals to live life successfully.