Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center
Fishersville, VA 22939

WWRC Therapies

Woodrow Wilson Residential Aphasia Program

Aphasia is a communication disability that restricts the ability to process or use language. It usually occurs as a result of a stroke or other brain injury. Aphasia impairs a person’s ability to speak and understand others, and most people with aphasia experience difficulty reading and writing.

The Woodrow Wilson Residential Aphasia Program (WWRAP) is an innovative and exciting intensive four to six week interdisciplinary program that focuses on maximizing communication skills for activities of daily living and vocational opportunities. All individuals in this program must be working toward the goal of returning to a realistic level of employment and be enrolled in their state vocational rehabilitation program .  This program is held annually in the fall season. Clients live on the WWRC campus in either Rothrock Hall, which provides attendant care, or in a dormitory setting, based on the level of assistance needed. Local individuals may attend this program as day clients.

WWRAP Programs and Services

  • Comprehensive communication assessment
  • Daily individual speech treatment
  • Daily aphasia group therapy
  • Daily supervised independent therapy
  • Occupational therapy services, as needed
  • Physical therapy services, as needed
  • Community outings to create opportunities to practice new skills in natural environments
  • Training for clients and family members regarding strategies to support communication
  • Vocational exploration

Clients and their family members are encouraged to come and tour the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center campus and meet with a speech-language therapist in order to determine candidacy for admission and learn more about this program. Individuals must be medically stable and have a non-progressive disability. This program is unique in that it offers intensive, individualized and group intervention which research has shown to promote the greatest degree of improvement. Individuals with aphasia can learn so much from each other and develop positive social relationships among fellow individuals with a common disability. Highly experienced and talented occupational and physical therapists are available when needed and are a part of our therapeutic team along with nursing, a certified physiatrist, and vocational staff. Please contact us with questions.


Contact Information

Email WWRAP Coordinator (WWRAPInfo@wwrc.virginia.gov)
Phone 800-345-9972, Ext. 7086 or 540-332-7086
TTY 800-811-7893