After experiencing a stroke in 2007, resulting in aphasia, Avi now educates the medical community and advocates for aphasia awareness.


We met Avi two years ago at Teachers College (Columbia University), where he did a conference about his personal experience with aphasia. His optimism and his big smile got us, and this is why today we want to share his story with you.

At the age of 33, Avi was admitted to Columbia Hospital (New York) for surgery on an arterioveinous malformation (AVM). During the surgery, he experienced a stroke on the left side of his brain, leaving him with right-sided paralysis, and consequent aphasia.

8 years later, he continues to have a lot of trouble speaking and writing, both of these being reflect problems with expressing himself.  But Avi refuses to let aphasia get in his way. He still works (and volunteers his time) as a paramedic and, more importantly, he’s embarked on a new mission of aphasia advocacy, educating others about aphasia and explaining how it impacts in a stroke survivor’s life.

To make this new goal a reality, Avi has been involved in a lot of aphasia-related projects; he has volunteered his time at the Adler Aphasia Center, where he participates in the educational training of medical residents, medical students and other health care professionals who are preparing for a career in a medical field.

Since Avi is still able to enjoy two of his favorite sports, snowboarding and horseback riding, it’s no surprise that he would also like to start a non-profit organization called NYC Outdoors Disability that promotes outdoors activities for people with disabilities.  As they say,  “the sky’s the limit, so join us for some adventure, where you’ll find confidence, encouragement, excitement, inspiration, and joy through outdoor activities and sports”.

Read more about Avi's story at Strokenetwork