About aphasia and the Australian Aphasia Association
Imagine waking one morning and not being able to speak, read, write or understand what others are saying to you. This is the experience of many people with aphasia. Aphasia (a-faze-yuh) is a devastating communication disability caused by stroke or other injury to the brain. People with aphasia may have difficulty understanding and/or using language. They may have difficulty talking, listening, reading, writing and using numbers. Everyday activities such as answering the phone, ordering lunch at a restaurant, reading a book or writing a shopping list become frustrating experiences for the person with aphasia and their loved-ones. Social interaction can become a huge obstacle. For some, the condition can lead to relationship breakdowns, social isolation, loss of employment or favourite hobbies and depression.
Aphasia does not affect intelligence. People with aphasia are competent and intelligent. They often know what they want to say, they just have difficulties getting their messages out. It is estimated that more than 80,000 Australians have aphasia (that's 1 in 250 people!) as a result of stroke. It is also estimated that there are 8,600 people with new aphasia each year. Of these people, 60% still have aphasia after a year (based on Engelter, Bonati, & Lyrer, 2006). Aphasia is more common than Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis together, although little is known about it.
The Australian Aphasia Association (AAA) is a relatively new registered national charity, established to support and advocate for people living with aphasia. We aim to provide information, support and hope for those living with aphasia, both individuals and their families, and to help them find a new place in their communities.
Our goals are;
- To develop an aphasia community
- To help people with aphasia participate, and be included, in their own communities
- To increase awareness & understanding of aphasia by providing information & education
- Improve services for people with aphasia
- Support the development of local aphasia support groups
You can nominate AAA when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.
CB No: 90735 (VIC)
CB No: 81402 (QLD)
CB No: 81128 (NSW)