APHASIA AWARENESS STATISTICS
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.
INCIDENCE OF APHASIA
- 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.