About Aphasia Awareness

More than 350,000 people in the UK have aphasia, a disorder of language and communication.

Aphasia can affect a person's ability to understand, speak, read, write and use numbers, however it doesn't affect a person's intelligence.

One of the biggest challenges for people affected by aphasia is that many people don't know enough about it or how they can help. Better awareness of the condition and the right communication tools can make all the difference.

Ask. Wait. Listen animation

We asked people with aphasia what you can do to help them communicate. Using what they told us we created a video and a postcard providing aphasia etiquette tips.

To help raise awareness about aphasia our supporters will be distributing Ask. Wait. Listen postcards to local shops and Health Centres. These postcards will help raise awareness, as well as give staff tips on communicating with customers who have aphasia. 

If you work in a customer-facing role and want to share these tips in your workplace, you can order free postcards from our online shop.

John's story

John Smejka has aphasia. He said: “I couldn’t speak or write after my stroke, but I was desperate to get my voice back.”

Thanks to stroke research, John is now relearning the speech he needs to enjoy life - from ordering a family meal out to volunteering with other stroke survivors. We want to raise funds for research that can change the story for people like John, who are affected by stroke.