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Support groups are filled with people who have unique experience with stroke and/or brain injury.  They are a great place to :

bulletAsk questions
"Where do I find computer resources for aphasia therapy?"
"How did you deal with tying your shoes with one hand?
bulletReceive emotional support
bulletKeep up with current events (eg, National Aphasia Week)

Support groups come in two flavors:  Regular and Online (internet).  Online support groups are more accessible because there's no travel, and it's often easier for survivors to communicate by email because it gives the survivor plenty of time to compose the message in a stress-free environment.

 Remember: you get as much out of a support group as you put into it.

Online Support Groups

bulletStroke Support Mailing list:     start_blu.gif (898 bytes) Excellent resource

The purpose of the STROKE-L is to share information and opinions, ideas and inquiries that relate to the topic of stroke. The list serves as a source of support for stroke survivors and their caregivers.

Subscribe by sending an email to: LISTSERV@LSV.UKY.EDU
Include in the Subject: SUBSCRIBE STROKE-L your name
You will be sent a confirmation notice and instructions.

bulletStroke Support Mailing Lists and Web page   start_blu.gif (898 bytes) Excellent resource

Here is what Steve Mallory, moderator of the group, and stroke survivor, has to say about the organization:  Our ages range from early 20s to people who are much older and wiser.  Our members also include rehabilitation professionals online, and we are always sharing pertinent info from other list-servers to which we each belong.
Join a Stroke Support mailing list or visit a discussion page

bulletVisit the Stroke Support group Website  

Real-world support groups

bulletCall the National Stroke Association at 1-800-553-6321 to find the stroke support group nearest you.
bulletList of aphasia support groups nationwide, by state.  If you don't find what you need there, you can call the National Aphasia Association at 1-800-922-4622
bulletPhiladelphia Support groups

Tip: Tying your shoes with one hand

Use elastic shoe laces to avoid the tying. Available at most department stores.  
For more tips, see the resources page.