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NOTE: Online registration is closed. Onsite registration is available, beginning Friday morning.

Program Committe
e 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. 

After completing this course, participants will be able to describe:  

  • Ways to implement group therapy to address participation goals for people with aphasia.
  • Methods to enhance student learning related to participation of people with aphasia
  • Techniques for providing interprofessional services that include and enhance the participation of people with aphasia. 
  • Opportunities for enhancing life participation approach to aphasia-based research.
  • Multicultural issues relevant to implementing life participation approaches to aphasia.         

Keynote Talks Include

From Participants to Participation in Research
Aphasia in North America: Critical Advocacy & Service Needs
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Aphasia Therapists
The Importance of Asking the Right Questions; interprofessional Practice Stories from Across the Healthcare Continuum
Teaching LPAA: Current Resources and Conversations for the Future
Advancing inclusion and social justice in aphasia care: three things you can do
Collaborating with Social Workers to Enhance LPAA Services

A searchable database of speaker disclosures is available for review.

View the 2019 Interactive Schedule with Presenters 

Special Note:
Please join us at 6 p.m. Friday, March 8th for an evening of cocktails, hors-d'oeuvres, and networking activities at a trendy restaurant in our historic Baltimore 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



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


Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, March 7th: Opening Reception (5:00 to 8:00 PM, SCALE at the League)
Sponsored by SCALE at the League, John's Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute

Friday, March 8th

8:00 AM: Welcome and Introductions
8:15: Plenary
9:15: Break
9:30: Plenary
10:30: Poster Session 1
11:45: Lunch
12:45 PM: Plenary
1:45: Break
2:00: Round Tables
3:00: Break
4:15: Brag & Steal Presentations
5:15: Conclusion and Announcements
6:30: Friday Night Reception (separate ticket required)

Saturday, March 9th

7:45 AM: Welcome
8:00: Plenary
9:30: Break
9:45: Brag and Steal
10:45: Poster Session 2
11:45: Lunch
Special Lunch Performances By
Loyola Clinical Center Aphasia Chorus
"One Day at a Time", Written by SCALE members & performed by Noel Turner.
12:45 PM: Round Tables
1:45: Break
2:00: Plenary
3:30: Conclude

This course is offered for a maximum of 1.3 ASHA CEU’s (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Aphasia Access Thanks our 2019 Sponsors (as of 3/6)