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Speakability and the
Stroke Association Join Forces

Speakability, the national charity supporting people with Aphasia, is set to merge with the Stroke Association from April 2015. The merger is part of ambitious plans to ensure more stroke survivors across the UK living with the communication disability receive vital support.

Melanie Derbyshire, Speakability Chief Executive, said: “For those who have Aphasia, every aspect of their day-to-day life and relationships are likely to be negatively affected.

When Action for Dysphasic Adults (now Speakability) was formed by Diana Law 35 years ago, there was little or no provision for people living with Aphasia. Now much has changed, in no small part due to our campaigning work and our national network of local Self-Help Groups.

Whilst stroke is not the only cause of Aphasia, it is by far the biggest single cause. Our merger with the Stroke Association will enable us to direct finite resource to reaching and offering support to many more of the estimated 400,000 people in the UK living with Aphasia as well as their families and carers.”

See the full media release here.

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About Aphasia

Our latest estimate is that well over 400,000 people in the UK have Aphasia.

This communication disability is caused by damage to the language centres of the brain. It can come as the result of a stroke, head injury, brain tumour or other neurological illness. It should be noted that intellect is rarely affected.

The medical term for this is Aphasia (or Dysphasia).

Speakability is dedicated to supporting and empowering people with Aphasia and their carers.

The charity was founded by Diana Law (who experienced Aphasia) in 1979 as ‘Action for Dysphasic Adults’ and adopted the working name of ‘Speakability’ in 2000.

Speakability offers impartial information and support through its Helpline, Website and training courses, and distributes its own Fact Sheets, low-cost publications and DVDs.

Throughout England, Scotland and Wales, Speakability is also developing a network of Aphasia Self-Help Groups – run by people with Aphasia for people with Aphasia. Each Self-Help Group offers individuals real empowerment, the chance to share experiences, grow in self-confidence, rebuild communication skills and make new friends in a supportive environment.

As the UK ‘voice’ of people with Aphasia, Speakability has a high profile campaigning role and works to improve services for people with Aphasia by influencing individuals, organisations and statutory bodies.

Recognising Aphasia as a disability

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