impact & effects

We communicate in every part of our lives. Through communication we form and maintain relationships, we work and learn, we explore and keep in touch with the world, we understand our past and make plans for our future. Communication helps us to be a person and to take part in life and all its opportunities.

Communication disability can take many different forms. The people who use Connect have aphasia.

People with a communication disability may find it difficult to:

  • take part in a conversation
  • talk in a group or noisy environment
  • read a book or magazine or road sign
  • understand or tell jokes
  • follow the television or radio
  • write a letter or fill in a form
  • use the telephone
  • use numbers and money
  • say their own name or the names of their family
  • go out.

This has a profound impact on the persons life and can lead to:

  • isolation
  • problems with relationships
  • anxiety
  • lack of confidence
  • unemployment
  • boredom
  • depression.

People with a communication disability may face discrimination and public ignorance. This is because communication disability is poorly understood. This can mean that other people:

  • treat you as if you were stupid
  • dont know how to adapt their own communication
  • get embarrassed and stop visiting
  • dont give you information in a way that you can understand it.

Communication disability is a problem for society as well as the person who has it, and their friends, families and colleagues.


The Aphasia Handbook explains more about communication disability and its effects.
Find out more about The Aphasia Handbook

Find out more about aphasia

Meet people with aphasia

A video has been made of the experiences of John Clarke, who has aphasia, and his wife Monica. It will be available to buy in December 2000. If you would like us to tell you when it is available, click here.

Monica has also written a booklet about her feelings about living with her husband John's aphasia.
Find out more about John and Monica Clarke