Program Committee Co-Chairs: 

Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (Central Michigan University)
Sarah Wallace, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (Duquesne University)

Local Committee Chair:

Denise McCall, MA-CCC (SCALE at the League Aphasia Center)

About the Summit

The third Aphasia Access Leadership Summit will be hosted by SCALE @ The League Aphasia Center and held on the campus of Loyola University in Baltimore, MD, March 7– 9, 2019, gathering professionals who help people with aphasia navigate life. 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 working on research.

Through the summit theme, Bridging Service Gaps through Aphasia Care Collaborations, attendees are invited to explore the diverse programs, actions, and resources used to support communication access for those affected by aphasia. We look forward to lively discussions about aphasia programming, intervention, reimbursement, training, education, and research. Several keynote speakers and panelists will be sharing their knowledge and innovations on Bridging Service Gaps through Aphasia Care Collaborations. 

Keynote Talks Include

(Note: CEU's for the Conference Are 2017, the Leadership Summit Offered 1.25 CEU's)

From Participants to Participation in Research

  • Leora R. Cherney, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)
  • Jackie Hinckley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS (Nova Southeastern University & Voices of Hope for Aphasia)
  • Lisa Stewart, MA (PCORI - Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute)

Aphasia in North America: Critical Advocacy & Service Needs

  • Nina Simmons-Mackie, Ph.D., BC-ANCDS (Southeastern Louisiana University)

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Aphasia Therapists

  • Linda Worrall, Ph.D. (University of Queensland, Australia - presenting virtually)

The Importance of Asking the Right Questions; interprofessional Practice Stories from Across the Healthcare Continuum

  • Elizabeth Hoover, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS (Boston University)
  • Maura English Silverman, MS, CCC-SLP (Triangle Aphasia Project Unlimited)

Teaching LPAA: Current Resources and Conversations for the Future

  • Sandra Glista, M.S., CCC-SLP (Western Michigan University)
  • Jodi Morgan, CCC-SLP (Brooks Rehabilitation Aphasia Center & Jacksonville University)
  • Robin Pollens, M.S., CCC-SLP (Western Michigan University)
  • Jessica Welsh, M.S., CCC-SLP (State University of New York at New Paltz)
  • Janet Whiteside, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (Founder of Aphasia House)

Multiculturalism and Aphasia

  • Nidhi Mahendra (San Jose State University)

Collaborating with Social Workers to Enhance LPAA Services

  • Ann Abramson, LCSW-C (University of Maryland School of Social Work)
  • Shannon Ehlert, M.A. Candidate (University of Maryland School of Social Work)
  • Denise McCall, M.A., CCC/SLP (SCALE @ the League Aphasia Center)

Wrapping it all Up

  • Audrey L Holland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS (University of Arizona)

General Schedule (subject to change)

Unless noted, programming takes place at Loyola University, Baltimore MD

Thursday, March 7th

  • Evening Welcome Reception (SCALE at the League Aphasia Center)

Friday, March 8th

  • Programming from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM including multiple keynotes, breakouts, brag & steal vignettes and poster sessions
  • A Special Friday Night Event

Please join us at 6 p.m. Friday, March 8th at Heath Street Lofts for an evening of cocktails, hors-d'oeuvres, and networking.  Located in Baltimore’s historic and trendy Federal Hill neighborhood. The cost is $50 per person (in addition to your registration fees).  Sign up now, during the online registration process, as space is limited.

Saturday, March 9th

  • Programming from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM including multiple keynotes, breakouts, brag & steal vignettes and poster sessions

Take Advantage of Early Discounts
Member: $250, Non Member: $350, Students Members: $125, Student Non Members: $150

Sponsorship, Exhibit and Other Details

Travel to Baltimore: We recommend flying into BWI Airport, Loyola University / Conference Hotels are approximately 30 minutes by taxi

Hotel Information:  Details on hotels with special conference rates (inventory is limited)

Sponsorship and Exhibit Information: Details on how your organization can stand out to Summit attendees


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