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2019 Aphasia Access Leadership Summit Call for Presentations


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 in the trenches of helping 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/or 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 we use 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. We also invite your proposals for a presentation that illustrates sound ideas, implementation, and impact according to the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia. The deadline for proposal submission is November 7st, 2018 (5 PM EST). 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 21st, 2018. 

There are three options for presentation format: Posters, Brag & Steal Presentations, and Round Table Guided Discussions. 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. 

All proposal submissions should contain the following:

• Title
• 300-word abstract
• Three learning outcomes for the presentation (more information)
• Complete Names of Author(s) 
• Affiliations of Author(s) (please identify any student authors)
• Email of Author(s)
• Other contact information for the primary author (e.g., telephone number, address)
• Preferred format choice (Poster, Brag & Steal, Round Table)


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 great for networking and in-depth discussion on a specific topic. Presenters will start off with a 15-minute talk and then facilitate a 30-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. 

We look forward to receiving your proposals. 

This call is no longer accepting submissions.