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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


Board Member

Rating: 5

My board service at the Aphasia Center of West Texas was some of the most amazing time and experiences in my life. To be able to help, in a small way, my friend Gary is the meaning of life; serving one another!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Since 2007 I have been associated with the Aphasia Center of West Texas, first as associate director, and then after retiring, as a board member, now serving as president of the board. Words cannot describe the passion and dedication of all who are associated with this amazing organization. From the staff, to the board, to all volunteers, including programming - all work tirelessly to make sure our wonderful members and families receive the most quality programming and support possible. As a member of the staff, I absolutely loved going to work each day and being able to see with my own eyes how lives were changed from hopelessness to laughter and sunshine (and I do mean laughter)! What a privilege to serve along with others with a passion for improving the quality of life of individuals and families living with aphasia!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Aphasia Center of West Texas is the definition of West Texas pride and passion. This organization reaches out to all and is there to help in every aspect of understanding what aphasia is, how to live with Aphasia and how to help family members of those living with a loved one who has Aphasia. The Staff of the center is a family and we are blessed to have this amazing and special place available to us in West Texas. I am proud to be a part of such a special place.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Smiles. That is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about my first experience with the Aphasia Center of West Texas. I was in the Center as a visitor and I left the center that day feeling so very happy with the work that was being done and the smiles on the clients faces as a result of the program. Beyond the therapy and the support that clients will receive they will also gain friendships that will last a lifetime.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Try this simple test. Say out loud your full name, your parents names and where you were born, city and state. Now, without stopping and searching for words, say the exact same thing backwards. It should be easy. It's things you know. Words you use all the time. For those living with Aphasia, every sentance can be that difficult to say. I know the words; I know what they mean; I just can't get them out. I'm not stupid. The Aphasia Center of West Texas is a place where communication happens. It happens with supportive speech. It happens with gestures. It happens by using the environment. But, it does happen! Our clients engage in life; their life and life outside. They have say in the direction of