Being able to communicate is something most of us take for granted. Speaking and understanding, reading and writing are skills that most of us use every day. But when a person has a communication disability all these everyday skills are a challenge.
Aphasia is one form of communication disability. But there are about 2.5 million people who live with different difficulties affecting speech, language and literacy. For example, people with head injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, Motor Neurone Disease, Cerebral Palsy and Learning Difficulties.
Communication disability takes different forms but a common problem is how to deal with everyday communication barriers. For example, information that is hard to understand or services that don't know how to adapt to a different way of communicating.
Often, people who communicate differently are left out, ignored, unable to take part. That's why Connect works to promote communication access – teaching others how to include, and also to give an equal voice to everyone who needs help with communication, not just people with aphasia.