The general public is unaware of communications disabilities such as aphasia, a survey has found.

While most people said they recognised physical indicators such as wheelchairs or walking sticks as signs of disability, 72 per cent did not mention disabilities affecting communication.

A quarter of a million people in the UK have aphasia, which occurs when the communication centres of the brain are damaged by a stroke, brain haemorrhage, tumour or other injury to the head.

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