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Our History

History of The IAL

The IAL was formed in 1952 by representatives of 13 individual clubs to answer the need for coordinating the activities of the clubs. The purposes of the IAL is to promote and support the total rehabilitation of the Laryngectomee by the exchange of ideas and dissemination of information to member clubs and to the public. To facilitate the formation of new clubs, to foster improvement in Laryngectomee programs, and to improve the minimum standards for teachers of post-Laryngectomee speech.


  1. ray visconti on October 14, 2016 at 9:27 am

    just wanted to know if there is any place in pittsburgh p.a. that i can got and talk to somebudy had full operation on larynx cancer no voice box or chords been 4months i talk with voice prostheis i need to talk to people like me got questions ok thx have a good day

    • Katherine Hampton on October 14, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      Hello Ray….Here is a link to the clubs in Pennsylvania that you could try contacting. Participating in a club is a great way to share experience and notes with others who have also been through it: https://theial.com/Pennsylvania/

      To find clubs in the different states, go to the US Club map at this link: https://theial.com/usa-club-search-map/
      Good luck to you!

  2. Pam Ridgeway on April 22, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    I have an idea for a universal sign/tattoo for us Lary’s
    Something tasteful and small and would be on the body in the same place
    It would be nice if the IAL, WebWhispers and the online groups work on this a group effort of sorts for this to go universal
    This way all EMS, Police,Firefighters and Hospitals would have this information
    I also question if we could get a grant to persue this.
    Thank you

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