Shop Something Special This Holiday Season 

Jewel Spiegel Gallery, in partnership with the Adler Aphasia Center, carries a large selection of handmade items crafted by members of Something Special, an innovative design studio program that takes place in the Center.

Jewel Spiegel Gallery will donate 100% of all proceeds from the sale of gift items crafted by members of the Adler Aphasia Center. This scholarship fund allows people with aphasia to attend the facility who might not have the means to do so. Each gift item is accompanied by an informational card about its maker which explains how crafting these items provides an opportunity for members to express themselves artistically.

With the holidays right around the corner, these pieces make wonderful gifts! 

Something Special beaded magnifying glass and letter opener set.

Something Special was created by a core group of members with aphasia with the guidance and leadership of the center’s technology coach in 2009. Members meet several times a week to design and create handcrafted jewelry, custom designed greeting cards, keepsake boxes, photo calendars, and more.

It has provided ongoing revenue for Adler Aphasia Center activities for members and their caregivers through sales at home parties, pop-up sales sites, health care facilities, and through events in partnership with corporate sponsors.

In the first full year of the program, members donated 2,286 hours, filled 572 orders, and crafted 1,940 gift items. Something Special has provided scholarships to nearly 100 people with aphasia since the program began.

Something Special collection at Jewel Spiegel Gallery (left) and detail of beaded magnifying glass, pen, and letter opener (right).

About The Adler Aphasia Center

Something Special beaded wine stopper and bottle opener.

The Adler Aphasia Center, a non-profit organization, is a community center that addresses the long-term needs of people with aphasia, a language disorder caused by stroke or other brain injury. The center offers low-cost therapy that provides its participants (called members) with self-confidence and communication skills to improve their quality of life. Through life skill activities that focus on conversation and communication, the arts, fitness, technology and more, the center helps members improve their communication skills, exercise their cognitive skills, build their self-esteem and confidence, make new social connections, and enhance their quality of life.