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Living with Aphasia Conference Sunday 29th and Monday 30th March 2020

In 2016 a very successful conference for people with aphasia was held and it proved so popular another is planned for March 2020.  The conference will be for families, friends, aphasia and stroke organisations, and health professionals.  The conference will be held at Warwick Conference Centre.

For more information please contact Gill or Denise at or

Contact telephone number 01706 825802 (part time office)


The Robin Tavistock Award 2019

The Rotterdam Aphasia Therapy Study group

The Hon. Nicole Campbell (Trustee) presented the Robin Tavistock Award 2019 to the Rotterdam Aphasia Therapy Study group (RATS) at the British Aphasiology Society Clinical Symposium 2019, held at the University of East Anglia.  Dr Evy Visch-Brink and Dr Mieke van de Sandt-Koenderman accepted the Award on behalf of the group.

Dr. Mieke van de Sandy-Koenderman and Dr. Evy Visch-Brink accepting the Robin Tavistock Award 2019 on behalf of The Rotterdam Aphasia Therapists Study group.

This Award is named after Robin Tavistock, the 14th Duke of Bedford who founded The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia.  It is presented annually to a person, or group, who is inspirational and has made an important contribution to the field of aphasia.

The Rotterdam Aphasia Therapists Studies group, affectionately known as RATS has been a collaborative, multi-disciplinary group of people, who have produced, over decades, a body of work that has had a significant influence.  The RATS group is made up of clinical linguists, speech and language therapists, neurologists, epidemiologists, neuropsychologists and other medical disciplines.  A full list of those involved can be found below.

The overarching quality that sets the RATS group apart, is that they are a rare embodiment of what can be achieved when multidisciplinary collaboration and mutual support is made central to research and clinical practice.

The Trustees would like to thank the organisers of BAS Symposium 2019 for allowing us to present this award at their event.

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The Trustees are delighted to share the news that the volunteers and staff at Dyscover have been recognised with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  Our warmest congratulations.

To find out more please visit Dyscover.

The Trustees are very pleased to announce the four inaugural recipients of  The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar Award USA.  The announcements were made at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference in Montana:

Congratulations to Dr Sarah E Wallace; Dr Jamie Azios; Dr Katie Strong and Dr Sharon Antonucci

Read more about the awards here


Speakeasy, The Robin Tavistock Award recipient in 2015, has received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.  This funding will allow them to run a project to extend and promote Speakeasy’s role in the community, improving the public’s awareness of aphasia and their response to people with communication challenges. The project involves developing and utilizing the considerable talents of  people with aphasia including two people with aphasia who are employed to lead the work.

For more information about Speakeasy please click here

The Trustees are very pleased to announce that they will continue to support the part-time position of a speech and language therapist for The Tavistock Centre for Aphasia, Newcastle University.  This funding has been agreed from 1st September 2019 for another 2 years.

If you would like more information about The Tavistock Centre for Aphasia please visit their website here.

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar, USA

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia is pleased to announce the launch of The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar in the United States of America. This is an award given in recognition of academic excellence in all or some of the following areas:

  • Research and Publications dedicated to improving life with aphasia, and/or
  • Mentoring of research students to conduct research associated with quality of life, life participation, conversation or similar topics related to life with aphasia, and/or
  • Training of future clinicians to address quality of life with aphasia and/or
  • Working to improve external grant funding that addresses the needs of people living with aphasia.

The aim of these awards is to foster and encourage pioneering research and clinical projects that aim to make a difference to the lives of people living with aphasia, their families and caregivers.

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The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia receives The Gerry Cormier Communicative Access Award 2018

Aura Kagan, Henrietta Bedford, Nicole Campbell, Kay Cormier

The Trustees of The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia are delighted to have been presented with The Gerry Cormier Communicative Access Award for 2018, by the Aphasia Institute in Toronto. This Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to reducing barriers to full life participation for those living with aphasia.

“Today we would like to acknowledge and honour the contribution they [the TTA] are making to the lives of people with aphasia and their families all over the world”, Aura Kagan, Director of the Aphasia Institute, Toronto.

The Aphasia Institute is a Canadian community-based centre of excellence that has had probably the greatest influence in how the best aphasia centres operate the world over. It has pioneered programmes and practices that help people with aphasia learn how to communicate in new ways and begin to navigate their own lives again. Through direct service, research, education and training, the Aphasia Institute has built an international reputation as a world leader and educator in aphasia.

Original photographs by Michael Wiley

Student Prize Badges

The Trustees of The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia [TTA] are pleased to announce that specially designed badges have been created for all recipients of The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Student Prizes.

The Student Prizes are now awarded at all universities who teach speech and language therapy in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Ireland. The Trustees would like to invite all past student prize winners to get in touch with the TTA, so that a badge can be mailed to you.

If you are a past winner, please could you get in touch with the TTA via email ; please include a current postal address. We look forward to hearing from you.