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Aphasia Awareness

Aphasia friendly activityA third of the estimated 12,500 people who have a stroke in Scotland every year will be left with aphasia.

Aphasia can affect a person’s ability to speak, understand, read, write and use numbers. It occurs when the communication areas of the brain are damaged.

Because aphasia is a “hidden disability” the difficulties faced by people living with the condition are often not recognised. Everyday activities such as having a conversation, answering the phone, watching the television, travelling by bus or asking for something in a shop suddenly become a source of profound frustration and anxiety for the person with aphasia and for their families and friends.

CHSS has produced a wallet sized card which can be used by people with aphasia to tell people that they have aphasia and ask them to give them extra time to communicate. There is also a fact sheet about communicating with people who have aphasia and a range of publications about stroke.

Our staff, service users and volunteers distribute these materials in their local community. We encourage local business such as shops, banks and restaurants can to access our F5 factsheet - Helping communication after a stroke (PDF) explaining how they can help people with communication difficulties. They can also ask for a window sticker to make customers aware that their staff can offer support and understanding to people with aphasia.

CHSS stroke nurses provide help to people with aphasia and are able to link them in to appropriate local services when they return home from hospital.

To obtain free copies of our aphasia campaign materials please contact CHSS Publications Department on 0131 225 6963 publications@chss.org.uk.

Our Community Stroke Services support groups throughout Scotland for people and families who have been affected by stroke. We also offer outreach services which include communication support for people in their own homes and help for people who want to return to work, college or leisure activities.

We also offer Aphasia Awareness Training to organisations working in local communities. Through this training we highlight the impact of Aphasia and give some advice on to communicate more effectively with someone who has aphasia.