The Aphasia Alliance
On the first anniversary of the death of Robin Tavistock, then the Duke of Bedford, the Trustees invited to a symposium the key organisations who work in the field aphasia and who had not met together before. The culmination of that day in June 2004, was an agreement to form an Alliance. The Alliance meets two to three times a year.
For its first few years it explored and worked on raising the public’s awareness of aphasia. The TTA helped fund a full time worker to co-ordinate between organisations and establish some media stories. This project came to completion early in 2009.
During 2012, the Aphasia Alliance worked together to draw up some ‘top tips’ about communicating with people with aphasia.
The purpose of the Aphasia Alliance is to:
- To ensure communication, good relationships and collaboration between the organisations
- To keep each other informed
- To support one another
- To try to ensure that work is not replicated
- To exchange ideas
- To highlight shared priorities and when appropriate to speak with one voice
- To make the most of resources available
The Aphasia Alliance has a website, aphasiaalliance.org, which acts as a signpost to various relevant organisations, including its current members:
- Aphasia Re-Connect
- British Aphasiology Society
- Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland
- Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (CATs)
- Different Strokes
- North East Trust for Aphasia
- Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
- The Stroke Association
- The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia
Logo designed and donated by Benjamin Shine.