Making a Referral

A referral for the Aphasia Institute’s programs and services can be made by:

  • Individuals with aphasia
  • Family members
  • Physicians
  • Social workers
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Other health care professionals

Download the Referral Form.


After the referral has been received, the applicant will be contacted by an intake worker within two months.  A full assessment made by a speech-language pathologist is preferred prior to admitting clients into our program.  The report will help our staff to determine the appropriate group for an applicant.

Assessments can be arranged through the speech pathology department of your local hospital or Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).  An assessment through a CCAC is typically arranged with the help of the client’s family physician. Clients wishing to be assessed by a private therapist may contact the Ontario Speech Language Association at (416) 920-0361 for a list of practitioners. The Aphasia Institute can also provide a list of speech pathologists that provide private services. Please contact us at (416) 226-3636 for more information.

In the event that it is not possible to arrange an assessment, please contact us at (416) 226-3636.  Every attempt will be made to accommodate any client who is unable to obtain an assessment.


Referral Deadlines

Although referrals are welcome at any time throughout the year, there are referral deadlines in order to attend our Intro program, which runs twice a year. Any referral not received by the deadline will be automatically considered for the next eligible Intro program offering. Our referral deadlines for the two Intro program offerings are as follows:

For Spring 2014 Intro – December 13, 2013

For Fall 2014 Intro – June 16, 2014