Every year, over 600,000 stroke survivors in the US struggle to regain their ability to communicate. The cause is aphasia a language impairment that affects speaking, understanding, reading, and writing. Therapy can be arduous but also profoundly rewarding and SCC wants all survivors to have access to it, regardless of ability to pay. Founded by a licensed speech-language pathologist, SCC creates a supportive environment in which stroke survivors receive affordable therapy while rebuilding their communication skills and their lives primarily through an innovative program that focuses on remastering daily tasks and routines. Last year, SCC provided over 8,700 hours of group therapy and awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships. Stroke recovery is daunting, but SCC knows that, with the right support, it can happen.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; MD-Frederick County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Disabled

Schools They Work In: N/A

Awards & Recognition

A National Affiliate of the National Aphasia Association, signifying expertise in aphasia

Executive Director awarded the DC Area Speech and Hearing Association's Clinical Achievement Award

Highlighted by Public Broadcasting Service for innovative work in stroke rehabilitation


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Budget (FY2011)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Stroke Comeback Center is: Less than $500k

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