2023 Leadership Summit

The fifth Aphasia Access Leadership Summit…

will take place in Raleigh-Durham, NC, March 23 – 25, 2023, gathering professionals who are in the trenches helping people with aphasia navigate life. Attendees are people charged with making communicatively-accessible environments, running hospital-, community- and university-based programs for people with aphasia, creating innovative products, teaching the next generation, and/or working on research. 

The theme of this year’s summit is “Cultivating Community and Connection.” As we return to an in-person summit, we look forward to hearing how the Aphasia Access community has been providing innovative Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA) services in their varied settings and how these services have cultivated community and connection during these past few challenging years. We encourage submissions regarding strategies: (1) to facilitate recruitment, retention, and inclusion of diverse participants in aphasia groups and programming; (2) to address mental health and well-being in individuals affected by aphasia; and (3) to engage people with aphasia in the research process.  

There are four options for presentation format: Posters, Brag & Steal Presentations, a traditional Round Table discussion format and new for the 2023 summit – an Aphasia-Friendly Round Table discussion for our guests with aphasia. Combined with keynote speakers and panelists, these sharing formats will offer inspiration, peer learning, in-depth exploration, and networking. 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.  

The deadline for proposal submission is November 28, 2022 (5pm ET). 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 December 16, 2022 .

The Submission Portal Opened on Tuesday, October 11th.

All proposal submissions should contain the following:

  • Title
  • 300-word abstract
  • Three learning outcomes for the presentation. To help write learning outcomes, a resource from ASHA
  • 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, Round Table, Aphasia-Friendly Round Table), 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 mounted on poster boards. Presenters guide attendees through the key elements of research and/or programming, answer questions, and discuss content one-on-one or in small groups. Handouts are optional. A poster proposal abstract may describe the purpose, methods, observations or results, and conclusions of the project and/or may describe 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.

Round Table 

The Round Table presentation format is ideal for networking and in-depth discussion on a specific topic. Presenters will start off with a 15-minute talk and then facilitate a 45-minute small group discussion. Round Table presentations do not rely on traditional audio-visual aids, but most presenters bring handouts that illustrate the work and stimulate discussion. The Round Table proposal abstract should describe the purpose of the guided discussion and summarize the background project, literature, and/or experience.  

*New for 2023* Aphasia-Friendly Round Table

This Round Table presentation is intended for our guests with aphasia. Presenters will provide a 15-minute  talk and then facilitate a small group discussion for 45 minutes using supported communication tools and techniques (e.g., key wording, photographs/images, likert scales). Presentation content will be aphasia-friendly, with information delivered in an accessible manner. Presenters should plan to use visual supports and bring aphasia-friendly handouts that illustrate the work and stimulate and facilitate discussion. The Round Table proposal abstract should describe the purpose of the guided discussion and summarize the background project, literature, and/or experience. The abstract will also describe plans for making the content accessible and facilitating a supported discussion for attendees with aphasia.