2021 Leadership Summit Call for Presentations

The fourth Aphasia Access Leadership Summit will be held virtually the 4th week of March 2021 gathering professionals in the trenches of helping people with aphasia navigate life. There will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous content Monday through Thursday, plus synchronous content on Friday and Saturday morning. There will be opportunities to interact with presenters in real time and asynchronously, using discussion boards.

Attendees are people who are charged with making environments more communication accessible, running hospital-, community- and university-based programs for people with aphasia, creating innovative products, teaching the next generation, and/or working on research. Through the summit theme, Uniting for action: Learning from one another, attendees are invited to engage in meaningful conversations about how we can provide optimal services for those affected by aphasia.

Several keynote speakers and panelists will be sharing their knowledge about optimizing service provision for people with aphasia. We also invite your proposals for presentations that illustrate sound ideas, implementation, and impact according to the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia. We are particularly hoping to receive submissions regarding strategies (1) to facilitate recruitment, retention, and inclusion of diverse participants in aphasia groups and programming, and (2) to implement LPAA practices in varied settings (e.g., inpatient & outpatient settings, telerehab).

The deadline for proposal submission is November 9th, 2020 (5 PM CDT). Proposals will be evaluated based on originality, coherence with the Aphasia Access mission, overall clarity, and (if applicable) research quality. First authors will be informed of selection by January 29, 2021.

There are three options for presentation format: Posters, Brag & Steal Presentations, and Accepted Talks. When you submit, you will be asked to identify your preferred presentation format. We may contact you to request a change to the proposed format as the program is developed.

All proposal submissions should contain the following:

  • Title
  • 500-word abstract
  • Three learning outcomes for the presentation
  • Complete Names of Author(s)
  • Affiliations of Author(s) (please identify any student authors)
  • Email of Author(s)
  • Other contact information for primary author (e.g., telephone number, address)
  • Preferred format choice (Poster, Brag and Steal, Oral presentation), and whether you are willing to consider alternative formats

Poster presentations are suitable for sharing detailed information about projects and research. Posters feature traditional visual presentations that are visible on one powerpoint slide. Using a virtual platform, attendees will be able to choose which poster sessions to visit. Presenters will be online and available to guide attendees through the key elements of research and/or programming, answer questions, and discuss content one-on-one or in small groups. A poster proposal abstract should describe the purpose, methods, observations or results, and conclusions of the project and/or the essential elements of LPAA programming.

Brag and Steal
The Brag and Steal presentation format is best for sharing innovative ideas, activities and projects with the full group. Each presentation is limited to 3-4 slides and 5-6 minutes. The format allows for only one presenter, but the author list can be longer. The presentation should inform the audience how to access further information about the initiative (e.g., contact information, website, handout). The Brag and Steal proposal abstract should describe the rationale, content, and applications of the idea or resource.

Accepted Talks
Accepted talks will be submissions of broad interest with strong research or clinical merit (e.g., rigorous design, implementation, and outcomes measurement). Proposals should describe the purpose, design, results/outcomes, and conclusions of the project. These talks will be presented asynchronously with conversation via online discussion boards.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Program Committee Chairs

Gayle DeDe, Ph.D., CCC-SLP – Temple University
Jerry K. Hoepner, Ph.D., CCC-SLP – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire