About us

Who we are       

Executive Committee

The Aphasia United Executive Committee is comprised of:

  • Linda Worrall
  • Nina Simmons-Mackie
  • Ellayne Ganzfried
  • Sarah Wallace
  • Miranda Rose

Advisory Committee

  • Anastasia Raymer, United States of America
  • Anthony Pak Hin Kong, United States of America / Hong Kong
  • Anu Klippi, Finland
  • Aura Kagan, Canada
  • Brooke Hallowell, United States of America
  • Christos Salis, United Kingdom
  • Clare McCann, New Zealand
  • Deborah Hersh, Australia
  • Emma Castle, New Zealand
  • Eun Jin, United States of America/ South Korea
  • Emma Ormerod, United Kingdom
  • Fabiane Hirsch, United States of America
  • Gloriajean Wallace, United States of America
  • Hope Kim, South Korea
  • İlknur Maviş, Turkey
  • Ilias Papathanasiou, Greece
  • Jackie Hinckley, United States of America
  • Jackie Stark, Austria
  • Joanie Scott, United Kingdom
  • Katerina Hilari, United Kingdom
  • Keith Lincoln, Sweden
  • Laura Murray, United States of America
  • Madeline Pritchard, United Kingdom
  • Marian Brady, United Kingdom
  • Mariko Yoshino, Japan
  • Mieke van de Sandt, The Netherlands
  • Monica Sampson, United States of America
  • Nicole Campbell, United Kingdom
  • Pam Enderby, United Kingdom
  • Roger Brown, New Zealand
  • Ruth Patterson, Canada
  • Sarah Northcott, United Kingdom
  • Sarah Scott, United Kingdom
  • Silvia Rubio-Bruno, Argentina
  • Simon Horton, United Kingdom
  • Subhash Bhatnagar, United States of America/ India
  • Tami Howe, Canada


The idea for Aphasia United was conceived at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2011. The need for an overarching aphasia organisation grew from the realisation that there was a lack of integrated international strategy for the advancement of aphasia science and services. Aphasia United was developed to drive change by uniting the global aphasia community through a strategic plan and shared vision.


What we do

Best Practice Recommendations

Aphasia United has developed Best Practice Recommendations for healthcare and community services involving people with aphasia.


International Conference for People with Aphasia 

Living with Aphasia Conference

Aphasia United has teamed up with Gill Pearl (Speakeasy) and people with aphasia from the UK and around the world, to organise the first international conference for people with aphasia!

The conference will be held over two days in Coventry in the United Kingdom.

The Living with Aphasia conference will discuss ways that people with aphasia can ‘live well with aphasia’.

Topics will include – technology and aphasia, increasing awareness of aphasia and social media, sharing good practice from around the world, research, caring for people with aphasia, aphasia and the arts.  There will also be the opportunity for networking and accessing some of the rest and relaxation activities on offer.

It will provide a much-needed opportunity for researchers, clinicians and academics from around the world to meet with people with aphasia and their families and carers, to share innovative ideas and inform research, therapy and support for the future.

People with aphasia have been involved in the planning for this event. This activity was generously supported by the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia.


  • Date:     5 & 6 March, 2017
  • Location: Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry, United Kingdom.
  • Accommodation: On-site accommodation is available.
  • Cost:      A small registration cost will be required. More details to follow soon.

How can I get more information?

Click “interested” on the conference event page on Facebook.



We are currently seeking sponsors for this amazing event. Please email contact@aphasiaunited.org for a copy of the sponsorship prospectus.


International Summits

The first Aphasia United Summit was held in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday 11th October 2012.

The Summit focused on:

  • Identifying a common purpose
  • Developing strategic priorities
  • Operationalising the Aphasia United strategic plan.

The second Aphasia United Summit was held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on the 17th June 2014.

The outcomes of this meeting are available in a full text and ‘aphasia friendly’ version.