Aphasia Awareness Month
Aphasia is a hidden disability.
You can't see it, and most people don't even know what it is.
It is not rare however - around 250,000 people in the UK have aphasia, usually as a result of a stroke.
Living with aphasia provides significant challenges to people and to their families. It can be really hard for people to keep friendships and relationships intact because of the communication difficulties involved. Many people with aphasia find reading and writing really hard, yet in a world which revolves via technology written words are critical to staying in touch with other people.
At the Aphasia Centre in the Department of Human Communication Sciences our students support people with aphasia to work towards their communication aims. People's recent aims have involved technology, and we have witnessed people starting to use the internet, sending text messages, and having Skype conversations.
All these provide the person with a sense of achievement, a sense of belonging to the modern world and most important of all, the opportunity to renew their friendships. We also have a thriving aphasia research community, engaging in innovative research to improve the lives of people with aphasia.