Motion ref. S6M-00337
Aphasia Awareness Month
Submitted by: Gillian Mackay, Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, June 10, 2021
Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, Ariane Burgess, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Finlay Carson, Jackie Dunbar, Annabelle Ewing, Russell Findlay, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Ross Greer, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Fulton MacGregor, Stuart McMillan, Carol Mochan, Emma Roddick, Alex Rowley, Lorna Slater, Michelle Thomson, Evelyn Tweed, Martin Whitfield, Elena Whitham, Beatrice Wishart
That the Parliament welcomes Aphasia Awareness Month, which takes place in June 2021; recognises that approximately one-third of people who survive a stroke are affected by aphasia, which is caused by brain damage affecting their ability to speak and communicate; notes that an estimated 3,000 people each year in Scotland are left with aphasia after a stroke, leaving people struggling with daily activities and causing significant isolation; commends the support that charities such as Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland provide to people living with aphasia through its Hospital to Home services, and considers that the Parliament can help Scotland become more aphasia friendly through improving understanding and awareness of what aphasia is and how to help people with communication difficulties.