Connect - the communication disability network

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Across the UK, approximately 250,000 live the communication disability aphasia. Our aim is to create a network of peer-led community groups across the UK, delivering vital services for people with aphasia within the ethos of Connect's innovative model of support.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1081740)

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Situation

Aphasia is a communication disability that is acquired as a result of stroke, brain tumour or brain injury. Every aphasia sufferer experiences different symptoms. Some cannot speak at all, and others can no longer read, write or use numbers. It is a hidden disability that can cause significant difficulties: isolation, low self esteem, lack of confidence. Every day tasks become a challenge – shopping, using the phone, dealing with money and even reading your child a bedtime story.

Solution

At Connect, we work with people, aiming to build confidence and reveal competence so that they can move forward to help each other and build sustainable communities. In our recent survey 87% of people with aphasia we spoke to rated our services as 'good' or 'very good'. Our outreach project has been piloted with a project in Canterbury, which still provides essential support to people with aphasia along with their families and carers.