Imagine life if you suddenly found yourself unable to read a newspaper, write a shopping list, talk to family or friends, use a telephone or many other everyday activities.  Aphasia (or dysphasia) means problems with communication (speaking, understanding, reading, writing).


About 130,000 people in Britain have a stroke each year and it is generally accepted that a third of these are left with some form of aphasia.


​Aphasia has a sudden and profound effect on the person, their family and friends.  It impacts on the individual’s confidence, personal relationships, employment and social life.  It is a communication disability that is caused by damage to the language processing centres of the brain, most commonly through stroke.


It can affect the ability to speak, read, write and understand what’s being said and is a very frustrating and isolating condition.  Aphasia can be mild or severe, depending on the type and extent of damage to the brain.  It is one of the most enduring consequences of stroke and can be the most difficult to overcome.