We provide Virtual Aphasia Services in Eastern Ontario

Individual, Group, and Family/Caregiver Support in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario

Plant Fundraiser

Fall Sale on now

100% of all plant purchases go directly to the ACO as a donation to help the centre keep its door open. Get your plants while there are still some left.

Comedy Night

It's time to get your funny on!

Join us for a night of hilarity as we host a comedy fundraiser for the Aphasia Center of Ottawa.

Don’t worry, we won’t make you write a speech or debate politics – just sit back, relax, and laugh until your sides hurt!

Make a difference donating to the ACO

Giving Tuesday

We need new monthly donors!

Help support the ACO this November by becoming 

With 1 click you can officially say that you have made an impact on the lives of those living with Aphasia.

Without the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa, living with Aphasia is just plain ……isolating

Help us on our mission to reach everyone living with Aphasia!

What is Aphasia?

Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder. A person with aphasia may find it difficult to speak, understand spoken words, to read and to write.

We are a community-based centre providing unique services dedicated to long-term speech-language therapy, counselling, advocacy and empowerment for people with aphasia and their families.

Aphasia can happen at any age. Aphasia is often invisible. People with aphasia are intelligent and capable and need to be heard.

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Community Recognition

CEO Gillian Gailey - Order of Ottawa Recipient 2022

The Aphasia Centre of Ottawa is honoured to have our Executive Director Gillian Gailey become a recipient of the 2022 Order of Ottawa Award.

This prestigious award “recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, entrepreneurship, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment or other fields that benefit the residents of Ottawa.” – ottawa.ca

Gillian has dedicated over 30 years of her life making a difference in the lives of those is your community living with Aphasia.

Who We Help

For the thousands of families that are impacted by Aphasia, we are a critical resource for their daily living.

We Helps Individuals


Living with Aphasia comes with challenges. The ACO helps you with virtual group programs specifically tailored to making communication easier. We help you get the WORD out.

Aphasia Center of Ottawa Helps Families


Aphasia doesn’t stop at the individual, it affects the whole FAMILY. We help families and caregivers in two ways. We help them learn the skills and techniques to renew their communication with their loved one while also supporting them in good times and bad times.

Aphasia Center of Ottawa Helps The Community


With professional education and seminars geared at community service providers, we help spread the word. Understanding the affects of Aphasia goes a long way to creating a welcoming community

Who Supports Us

The ACO is a not-for-profit with the goal of making Aphasia easier to live with.

We do that by:

  • Reducing isolation
  • Improving communication with families
  • Communication education

To make a difference, we employ professional Social Workers, Speech Language Pathologist, Communicative Disorders Assistant, and Volunteers. These individuals make the difference everyday. They do this with funding from amazing Individuals and the following Sponsor Corporations.

Corporate Sponsors

How do I get Aphasia Services?

With Virtual services, we can get started very quickly.

Follow these steps to get started:

Download Referral Form

Download and Fill out the Referral Form

Click the title above to download your form.

Email Your Form

Email the form to [email protected]

The main ACO email address is the best way to get a your referral in the door.

Virtual Aphasia Intake Assessment

Virtual Intake Assessment

We will help you determine your needs and which virtual services are a best fit for you.

Virtual Aphasia Group Services

Virtual Services

Use our online virtual services portal to get your services from the comfort of your own home.

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