Do you know what a'aye-faze-yuh' is? Most commonly acquired after a stroke, aphasia affects a person's ability to communicate. Difficulties with speaking, reading, writing, using numbers, and participating in conversation are some of the ways aphasia affects people after a stroke, head injury, or brain tumour. Aphasia can be hardly noticeable and is a hidden disability - but can mean someone is unable to speak more than a few words. The AphasiaNZ Charitable Trust, with its office in St Johns, provides support services, information, and resources to anyone in our communities affected by aphasia - including carers, spouses, family members, and friends.