CARRABASSETT VALLEY – Aphasia is a communication disorder that affects more than 2 million Americans. They experience trouble speaking, reading and writing. One couple in Carrabasset Valley has dedicated their time and personal funds to creating a retreat for those dealing with the disability.
Anne Maries father’s life changed forever when he had a stroke in 2005. He was diagnosed with aphasia a disability affecting his motor skills.
Since then the Albesteins have dedicated their lives to teaching people about aphasia, building the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center and a retreat for those dealing with aphasia.
The education center is a getaway for those with disabilities, with more than 25 beds, a kitchen and a laundry room where family and friends can spend the night and enjoy educational activities that help to include everyone in the room. They meet new people and create life long friendships.
One activity? Using a sewing kit when everyone is blindfolded, to acknowledge what its like to be visually impaired.
The Albisteins hope that with this education center they can improve the lives of those dealing with disabilities.