VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
PIRATE: Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment & Education
VA Pittsburgh's Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment and Education (PIRATE) provides treatment to Veterans and active duty service members with aphasia. Aphasia is a language disorder resulting from brain damage, which impairs one's ability to understand, speak, read and write.
PIRATE lasts for four weeks and delivers speech-language treatment for a full day each weekday and a half day on Saturdays. PIRATE focuses on helping individuals with aphasia improve their communication skills. PIRATE accepts applications from Veterans and active duty service members nationwide.
PIRATE participants receive one-on-one speech-language treatment, personalized education about aphasia, and support and encouragement to become self-advocates, who increase aphasia awareness in their communities. Please contact our team with questions or submit an application if you are interested in participating in PIRATE!