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Whereas More than one million Americans are living with aphasia, an acquired language disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language, but does not affect intelligence; and
Whereas Aphasia is most often caused by a stroke or brain injury and impairs the ability to speak and understand others, and also often affects the ability to read and write; and
Whereas It is estimated that approximately 80,000 individuals are diagnosed with aphasia each year; and
Whereas Aphasia research is exploring new ways to evaluate and treat the disorder as well as to further understanding of the function of the brain; and
Whereas Individuals with aphasia, their caregivers, family and friends are working to achieve a greater awareness of aphasia,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 27, 2013, to be
APHASIA AWARENESS DAY
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this eleventh day of June, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. PatrickGovernor of the Commonwealth
William Francis GalvinSecretary of the Commonwealth
God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
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