My Story

Prior to his stroke, Dr. Broussard was the associate dean for Admissions & Career Services at the Heller School for Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University for five years. Previously, he had owned and operated Career Prospects, Inc., a staffing and career counseling company for fifteen years. He graduated from the US Naval Academy and earned his Ph.D. from the Heller School at Brandeis University. The focus of his doctoral studies was workforce development and the employment of people with disabilities.

He had his stroke in 2011 and could not read, write, or speak well but kept a diary. He couldn’t write, but “recorded” his diary by using drawings, graphs, charts, and metaphorical pictures. The recovery from damage of his language progressed from individual words to fragments to sentences to paragraphs to pages. He also recorded his voice which, with his diary, provided the evidence needed to assess and rebuild the different modalities of his deficits. He started with what the nurses called “word salad,” and grew to a point when his lost grammar had come back.

Stroke Diary, A Primer for Aphasia Therapy (3/27/2015)

Stroke Diary, The Secret of Aphasia Recovery, (Volume 2) (9/17/2016)

Stroke Diary, Just So Stories, How Aphasia Got Its Language Back (Volume 3) (1/23/2018)

The ABCs of Aphasia: A Stroke Primer (5/22/2020)

Stroke and Aphasia Recovery: Metaphors Help Us Mend (3/26/2022)

The Mission

He started Stroke Educator, Inc., with the mission to speak in every state about stroke and aphasia, as part of his Aphasia Awareness Campaign. He now speaks throughout the country and around the world about stroke, aphasia and plasticity.

Where I’ve Spoken

States I
States I've Been