Hello everybody! I know this is late, but June is global Aphasia awareness month.
Aphasia is an impairment of language ability that can range from inabilty to pronounce word order to loss of ability to form sentences. Usually the result of brain damage (stroke, seizure, infection, medication reaction, tumor, dementia, etc), aphasia can also be relative to certain developmental disorders.
Age of onset is not limited to childhood or adulthood - a person can lose their ability to use words at any age - but Aphasia could be episodic or chronic. In the majority of Aphasia cases, overall intellect is not affected - just the ability to communicate or recall words.
There are many different causes for Aphasia. This makes any treatment for the disorder patient-specific. As such, an individual with Aphasia is usually assigned a multi-displinary large team of expensive specialists. Most people cannot afford hiring a group of doctors, however, so many Aphasia sufferers would be left in the dark (speech dark?) - being able to comprehend but not communicate - without the existence of several charities.
To learn more about Aphasia:
http://www.aphasia.org/index.html - nat’l aphasia association (also accepts donations)
http://www.speakability.org.uk/About+Speakability - helps people with Aphasia in the work community
http://www.ukconnect.org/ - helps people diagnosed to reintegrate into their communities
http://new.thebiggive.org.uk/charity/view/788 - charity which helps those who have experienced aphasia as the result of an injury
http://www.buryspeakeasy.org.uk/aphasia-links.php - a list of some more charities
http://www.ric.org/researc h/centers/aphasia/index.as - aphasia research center
Spread the word, guys!