About Us

The British Aphasiology Society (BAS) is a national interest group formed to foster the study of aphasia and promote development of the range of clinical services for people with aphasia. Aphasia is an acquired language disorder that affects our ability to speak, read or write language. These activities for most of us are done without much thought or effort and as such we take them for granted. The act of storing and producing words and forming them into sentences is very complex with many brain regions involved. Normally, the pieces all fit together so seamlessly, so that one is not even aware of the individual components. But stroke (cerebral vascular accident – CVA) and other forms of brain damage (head injury, tumour, progressive disease) may compromise the efficiency of one component or another, and in doing so, disrupt the integrated functioning of the system as a whole. Different facets of language can be affected in different individuals. Some people have particular problems with remembering what words mean, others have problems remembering how words are pronounced. Some are unable to combine sounds to create words, others to combine words to create sentences.

The BAS brings together people from many disciplines involved in language and communication such as Speech and Language Therapy, Linguistics, Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, along with people with aphasia and their carers.

Our Aims

  • To encourage the dissemination of knowledge of aphasia and its treatment amongst all disciplines concerned with aphasia.
  • Promote the application of a scientific approach to include qualitative as well as experimental methods to aphasia investigation and its rehabilitation.
  • Promote the interests of aphasic people by broadening the knowledge and understanding of aphasia.
  • Promote and draw upon the expertise of people with aphasia.

Our Activities

If you would like to host an upcoming BAS event more information can be found using the following link: host an event .

We are happy to advertise events organised by others on our website but do not take responsibility for the event. Upcoming events can be here: other events. Our policies and fees associated with this service can be found here: policies and fees.

We are also happy to list advertisements for posts available in both clinical and research settings. These are available here: positions available.

We would like to note that although we do not offer bursaries for people with aphasia, the Tavistock Trust does and information about these can be found using the following link: educational/vocational bursary for individuals with aphasia