In 2010 as Dan Hogan was rebuilding his life after brain cancer surgery, he began talking with David, Gail, Paula and others about his goals and the specific challenges of living with aphasia.
While traditional support groups were excellent environments for connecting socially with others affected by aphasia, Dan found that they did not help with learning reinforcement or the daily practice of tools and skills required for independent living.
When it was suggested that he start a different kind of support group, one that was dedicated to using applied technology and social interaction to encourage independence, Dan jumped on it. Consistent with his can-do approach to life, he rounded up a team and Brain Buddy was formed in 2010.
Brain Buddy had its first meeting with its aphasia friends in July 2010. Since then, we have been working with friends affected by aphasia on a regular basis. Brain Buddy received its 501(c)3 status in 2011.