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Aphasia, from the Greek word meaning speechlessness, is a disorder that results from damage to portions of the brain that are responsible for language. The disorder impairs the expression and understanding of language, as well as reading, writing, and repeating words.

Among the most common causes of aphasia are stroke, transient ischemic attack, brain hemorrhage, tumors and degenerative conditions such as cerebral atrophy.

The resulting communication disabilities affect the person’s social and relational spheres, often leading to frustration, depression and isolation.


The Foundation carries out activities for aphasia treatment and research at two centers:

1. The Aphasia Research Center

2. Aphasia Center CIRP


All the centers’ services and many of their activities are provided free of charge. To schedule an appointment, call the center listed in the Contact Us section of this website. No physician’s referral is needed. Patients are advised to present with their complete clinical documentation.


3. Social and laboratory activities
In addition to aphasia therapy to restore language abilities, the Foundation offers social and laboratory activities in collaboration with local agencies, museums and cultural organizations. The aim is to help people with aphasia learn new communication skills and become involved outside the home. For more information, click here.


Aphasia Research Laboratory
The Laboratory offers the opportunity for people with aphasia to recover their ability to communicate by helping them to use remaining language abilities, restore language abilities as much as possible, and learn other methods of communication in a small-group setting guided by psychologists and psychotherapists. Other group activities focus on creativity, body expression and music therapy to develop communication skills.


The Laboratory carries out research in communication in collaboration with the University of Turin, Department of Psychology, Center for Cognitive Sciences, and other organizations in Piedmont:


Piedmont Stroke Association (A.L.I.Ce. Piemonte)

Federation of Italian Aphasia Associations (A.It.A)

Informazione Facile (news and entertainment portal)





Aphasia Center  CIRP
Since its inception in 2004, the primary goal of the Center is to help individuals with aphasia and their families. Within the scope of its activities, the Center provides a range of counseling and support services. It operates in collaboration with Turin Health Board 1 (Adult Speech-language Services) under a specific convention. 


Created for and with people with aphasia, Isabile is the first web TV designed to bridge gaps in the rehabilitation of “residual impairment” (attention deficit and mental processing).

The web portal was designed and developed in 2009 by the Carlo Molo Foundation with the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo. The portal’s patient-accessible content is curated by practitioners and researchers (physicians, psychologists, speech therapists, and IT experts). The visual documentation is provided by agreement with public and private media libraries: Bim Distribution Roma; Film Commission Piemonte; Stefilm International srl; National Short-Film Center; Giorgio Agosti Piedmont Institute for the History of the Resistance and Contemporary Society; National Museum of Cinema, Turin; Independent Ideas; Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli; Turin Museum Foundation; National Archive of Industrial Cinema; Gianluca e Massimiliano De Santo; FIAT Historical Archive; Egyptian Museum Foundation; European Institute of Design; Genoa Aquarium; Associazione Documé; and Cepim (Center for persons with Down syndrome).