Pulled from our 2016 national survey on aphasia awareness.

  • 84.5% of people have never heard the term “Aphasia.”
  • 8.8% of people have heard of aphasia and can identify it as a language disorder.
  • 34.7% of people that are “aphasia aware” either have aphasia or know someone that does.
  • 31% of people agree or give a neutral response to the statement: “If a person has difficulties with speech, they also have intellectual deficiencies.”
  • 84.1% of people make a connection between stroke and brain injury and difficulties with communication.
  • 15.3% of people recall first hearing about aphasia from newspapers, magazines or online publications.


  • More people have aphasia than have many other common conditions, includingcerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or muscular dystrophy.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability.
  • Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA and Great Britain, after heart disease and cancer.
  • About 5,000,000 people survived strokes in the USA.
  • About 750,000 strokes occur each year in the USA.
  • About 1 third (225,000) of strokes result in aphasia.
  • There are at least 2,000,000 people in the USA with aphasia.
  • There are at least 250,000 people in Great Britain with aphasia.