Speakability is the national charity that supports and empowers people with Aphasia to overcome the barriers they face by:
- supporting people with Aphasia and their carers through its Information Service, national network of Self-Help Groups and programme of activities
- influencing individuals, organisations and statutory bodies in order to improve services for people living with Aphasia
- raising funds to support these aims
The charity was established in 1979 by Diana Law, who herself experienced Aphasia following a stroke. It was formally registered with the Charities Commission as 'Action for Dysphasic Adults' in 1980.
Diana successfully retained her independence through her sheer determination - so much so that, prior to her death in 1996, she was twice named as 'Disabled Person of the Year', was awarded an MBE and became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists.
Today, 30 years later, Speakability continues to put people with Aphasia at the very centre of the organisation, and they are involved as volunteers, Trustees and members of staff. Our Groups are run according to the Self-Help model to ensure that people with Aphasia have a say in how their Group is run and the activities that the Group arranges.
People with Aphasia, their carers and health professionals are also consulted and fully involved in the writing and design of our publications, communication tools and Website.