The IASLT Biennial Conference took place on the 9th and 10th of September 2021. This was IASLT’s first ever online conference. The conference committee would like to say thank you to everyone who submitted abstracts for consideration, and to the 270 people who attended the conference over the two days. As the conference was online we had guests from countries such as New Zealand, Canada, and Australia, as well as from all over Ireland. We extend a thank you to our keynote speakers: Professor Jane Marshall, Dr Barry Prizant, Professor Paula Leslie, and Dr Laura Justice.
The conference theme this year was “A Changing World of Speech and Language Therapy”, due to COVID19 and how our roles changed with SLTs being redeployed; working on the frontline; seeing the impact of long COVID on SLT services; the incredibly positive changes due to the neurodiversity movement and listening more to the people we support; adapting to telepractice, as well as the changes with progressing disability services and working more in an interdisciplinary way. Speech and Language Therapists have shown incredible resilience and innovation during the past two years and the presentations at the conference showcased this.
The following prizewinners were chosen by conference attendees: