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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The National Aphasia Association Celebrates Awareness Month 2009

The National Aphasia Association Celebrates Awareness Month 2009
Dear NAA Friends,

Along with wishing everyone a very happy National Aphasia Awareness Month, we would like to also share a few exciting announcements.

As you can see from the photo above, the NAA had the privilege of being invited to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) this morning, June 16th, 2009! NAA Board Members, Staff and friends were included in this very special event, and we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the NYSE for giving us this opportunity. If you would like to see the video, click here.

We cannot truly celebrate Awareness Month without an official Proclamation, can we? On Monday, June 8th, 2009, Congress passed Senate Resolution 172, proclaiming June 2009 as National Aphasia Awareness Month! We are indebted to Senator Tim Johnson yet again for his for his sponsorship and efforts to bring this resolution to fruition once again. We would also like to thank NAA Board member, Dr. Paul Rao, for spearheading this effort. We have also received a proclamation here in NYC from Mayor Bloomberg! Remember - there's still time to get Proclamations made by your city and state governments! If you would like to know how to do it in your locality, reply to this email.

We're not done yet! The NAA was also given the opportunity to provide information for a special section in The Washington Times, which announces June as National Aphasia Awareness Month. We were quite impressed with how it turned out! We encourage you all to approach your local newpapers about including a special section such as this. To see the section, click here.

It is exciting times like these that remind of us how important it is to spread the word about aphasia. We are grateful that we are able to share them with you, and we look forward to hearing how you have also celebrated National Aphasia Awareness Month.

Wishing you a very Happy Aphasia Awareness Month,

Ellayne Ganzfried, Executive Director
Amy Coble, Info/Admin Coordinatorb
NAA Executive & Advisory Board Members
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