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PIRATE: Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment & Education

A female PIRATE participant writing the letter O on a whiteboard.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 a full day of speech language treatment each weekday. 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!

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Research Opportunity

As a PIRATE participant, you may be eligible to participate in a VA-sponsored research study examining the outcomes of intensive aphasia treatment. For more information, just ask a PIRATE clinician.


Mary Sullivan
Intake Coordinator

PIRATE is a clinical demonstration project of the VA Pittsburgh Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).