Van Riper Lecture

Aphasia in America: Economics, Equity and Access

39th Van Riper Lectures Series
Friday, Sept. 23, 2022

Virtual Event - ASL interpretation will be provided, closed captioning will be available

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9:00 a.m. - The Demographics of Aphasia in America

9:30 a.m.Measurement of Aphasia Outcomes

10:00 a.m.Disparities in Aphasia Outcomes

10:45 a.m.Break

11:00 a.m.The Cost of Change in Aphasia

Noon - Break for lunch

1:00 p.m.Issues of Access and Equity in Aphasia

2:00 p.m.Achieving Equity in Aphasia

2:45 p.m.Conclusions

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe the demographics of persons with aphasia in America.

  2. Describe ways to measure outcomes in aphasia.

  3. List and describe disparities in aphasia outcomes.

  4. Describe the cost of change in aphasia.

  5. List and describe issues of access and equity in aphasia.

  6. List ways to achieve equity in aphasia.

This course is offered for .45 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level, professional area).

Western Michigan University is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Charles Ellis Jr. is a professor and chair of the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida. He is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who received his bachelor's and master’s degrees from The University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. His academic concentration focuses on adult neurogenic disorders and he teaches courses related to aphasia and cognitive disorders. His research is designed to understand outcomes associated with adult neurologically based disorders of communication and factors that contribute to the lack of equity in service provision and outcome disparities that exist among African Americans and other underrepresented groups.

Dr. Ellis has authored or co-authored 140 peer-reviewed journals articles, five book chapters and has over 150 presentations related to neurological disorders and health disparities and minority health issues to his credit. He is a former language editor for the Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research (2017-2018). Dr. Ellis was awarded the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Recognition for Special Contribution in Multicultural Affairs in 2011. In 2014 he was awarded Fellowship of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

Disclosure: Dr. Charles Ellis offered the following relevant financial relationship: He receives a salary from the University of Florida; and he has no relevant nonfinancial relationship(s) to disclose.

previous and sponsors


  • Psi Iota Xi, Incorporated
  • Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Western Michigan University

About the VRL

The Van Riper Lectures began in 1981, honoring Dr. Charles Van Riper, a pioneer in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology and founder of the speech pathology and audiology program at WMU. The series brings nationally recognized experts for pre-service and in-service training on topics in communication disorders in addition to important educational experiences for speech-language pathology and audiology professionals.