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The fifth Aphasia Access Leadership Summit gathers 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.

New this year are aphasia-friendly roundtables. These presentations are 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.

Keeping with past Leadership Summits, there will be ample time for networking and seeking out answers to your own pressing questions. The Research Triangle aphasia committee is busy at work planning opportunities to enjoy the Raleigh-Durham area as well.

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Attendees include researchers, clinical specialists and program staff in:

– Speech-Language Pathology
– Linguistics
– Neuropsychology
– and Rehabilitation Medicine dedicated to aphasia rehabilitation.

Learner outcomes include, that by the end of the conference, participations will…

  1. Formulate a minimum of 3 strategies to increase access to care for people with aphasia across practice settings/recovery continuum.
  2. Explain key issues related to healthcare disparities and healthcare delivery gaps in aphasia care.
  3. Describe the value in cross-disciplinary approaches to aphasia care.
  4. Identify 3 ways to more affectively advocate for people with aphasia and community based aphasia services

Chairs: Esther Kim (University of Alberta), Jaime Lee (James Madison University), Gretchen Szabo (Adler Aphasia Center)


2023 Invited Talks Include

LPAA Across the Continuum of Care (Panel)
Mary Ann Eller (Duke U.), Natalie Douglas (Central Michigan U.) and
Maura Silverman (Triangle Aphasia Project)

LPAA Group Programming for Underserved Populations (Panel)
Teresa Gray (San Francisco State U.), Lauren Schwabish (Neuro Speech Services)


Beyond the Language Impairment: Addressing Unmet Needs for Individuals with Aphasia (Panel)
Jerry Hoepner (U. of WI, EauClaire), Blaise Morrison (U. of North Carolina),
Mark Jayes (Manchester Metropolitan University)

“State of Aphasia Report 2.0: Critical Advocacy and Service Needs”
Drs. Nina Simmons-Mackie and Jamie Azios (U. of Louisiana at Lafayette)

A Fireside Chat with Barbara Shadden and Katie Strong (Central Michigan U.) –
“On Identity and Aphasia”

“Cultivating Collaboration and Building Bridges”
with Dr. Jackie Hinckley (Nova Southeastern U.)





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Conference Location

 Hilton Durham
3800 Hillsborough Road
Durham, North Carolina

Sessions Are Scheduled to Run*
Thursday, March 23: Evening Social Event
Friday, March 24: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Saturday, March 25: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

*subject to change

Registration Information

Early Bird – Individual: $425/400 USD / Student*: $200 USD
Regular – Individual: $450/425 USD / Student*: $200 USD
(early bird ends February 28th, pricing in pairs is non-member/member)

Hotel Room Reservations

Group rate: $129/night
Extended Cut-Off Date: March 13, 2023

ASHA CEUs Credit (1.2 ASHA CEU's Available)

ASHA CEU Credit is available to those who attend the full Leadership Summit. Partial credit is not available. Those interested in ASHA CEU Credit will need to sign an attestation at the end of each day to confirm their attendance.


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Join us for a social outing or two…

Thursday Night (included in Registration)

Join us for a special kickoff to the 2023 Leadership Summit. More details to come, but make sure to get in early that day for a night filled with food, drink and catching up with friends. 

Friday Night

The dine-around concept is back in Durham. We will take care of making dinner reservations at a number of Durham’s finest eateries for Friday night. You sign up when you get to the Summit and join a collection of new, and old, friends for a night out, dutch treat. This was a big hit at IARC with attendees excited to sample the local food scene and meet new friends at the same time.


Student Scholarships

The 2023 Leadership Summit planning committee wants to ensure that the future Aphasia Researchers and Clinicians have access to the best and most current knowledge. With that goal in mind, we are offering a limited number of scholarships for students to attend the conference. Please note that the scholarship will apply only registration fees and to afford support to the greatest number of students possible may not cover the full registration fee; travel costs (to/from Durham, hotel, meals outside of the conference) are the responsibility of the student.

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