Howard S.


Survivor

Howard owned and operated a successful family business. He was actively involved on many professional and philanthropic boards in the Baltimore community. Speaking before large groups was easy. While Howard and his wife raised their three young children, he found time to study piano, fly planes, play golf and for his greatest passion to read books. Twelve years ago at the age of 47, he experienced a stroke that paralyzed the right side of his body. Even more devastating, he could no longer express his thoughts and communicate due to aphasia (the loss of language despite intact intellect). Aphasia stole Howard's ability to speak and read. Like others with aphasia, Howard was suddenly trapped and isolated, unable to participate in most of the social and vocational aspects of life. With great courage and persistence, Howard adapted to his disabilities and moved forward. He searched nation-wide for the best programs and newest treatment approaches. He established relationships with other individuals with aphasia and encouraged them to participate in his endeavors. In 2008, Howard's brother, Andy, and their family established the Snyder Center for Aphasia Life Enhancement, a community resource center for individuals with aphasia and their families. Howard serves on the center's board of directors. He presents to neurologists and physicians, teaches university students and creates educational materials to spread awareness of aphasia to the public. Howard's struggle with aphasia continues, but he will always be a leader and role model to other stroke survivors in Baltimore and around the world.

 

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