Convention Activities and Events

Schedule at a Glance—The Schedule at a Glance provides a helpful overview of what's happening each day during the ASHA Convention.

Meetings—A number of ASHA board, committee and council meetings, affiliate meetings, and Open Houses and receptions are held during the ASHA Convention. The schedule of meetings will be available in late October.

Lounges—Various themed lounges will be located in the Exhibit Hall and the Poster Hall. Plan to stop by the lounges to chat with ASHA staff and volunteer leaders or use them to rest and relax between visiting with exhibitors or viewing posters.

Audiology—View the various audiology-focused events that will be taking place over the three days of the ASHA Convention. These events are a great opportunity to connect with colleagues in ASHA's audiology community.

Wednesday, November 8

Pre-Convention events on Wednesday provide the opportunity to earn additional CEUs through special symposia or workshops. Social activities will also be offered, including the First-Timers' Orientation and the popular Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Tickets for these events are available through registration (some activities may carry an additional fee).

Pre-Convention Workshops

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Several CEU-eligible workshops are offered on Wednesday afternoon. Choose one of the workshops to extend your learning at the ASHA Convention. Tickets (additional fee) for the pre-Convention workshops may be purchased when registering for the Convention. You may still purchase tickets to attend the pre-Convention workshops even if you do not plan to attend the Convention.

First-Timers' Welcome

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Is this your first ASHA Convention? Come to this popular gathering to get an overview of our annual event and to preview programs and activities slated for the next three days. You'll have an opportunity to meet the ASHA President and Convention Co-Chairs, as well as other ASHA staff and volunteer representatives who can provide answers and guidance for your first ASHA Convention. The First Timers' Welcome is also a great time to connect with others attending for the first time. Enjoy light refreshments.

ASHA-PAC Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

ASHA members are invited to spend the evening with the ASHA-PAC Board at a fun off-site venue. This special event benefits the ASHA Political Action Committee, which serves as the political voice of the audiology and speech-language pathology professions on Capitol Hill. A suggested donation of $60 is appreciated.* Purchase your tickets in advance through registration or purchase tickets, as available, at the door.

Thursday, November 9

Opening General Session

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The Opening General Session begins the ASHA Convention on Thursday morning and features energizing addresses by the ASHA President, Convention Co-Chairs, and an exciting keynote speaker. You won't want to miss it!

Welcome Reception

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Join us in the exhibit hall on Thursday evening to catch up with friends and colleagues, and mingle with exhibitors. This upbeat reception provides dedicated time to check out the exhibiting companies, socialize and network, all while recharging your battery with light snacks and a cash bar before you head to the Twilight Sessions. The welcome reception is open to all fully registered attendees; guest tickets are available so friends and family can join the fun.

ASHFoundation Fundraiser Reception

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation traditionally holds its popular fundraising reception on Thursday evening. Everyone is welcomed to join them in celebrating the ASHFoundation's philathropic efforts at a unique venue for great food, cocktails and lively entertainment.

Tickets (non-refundable) for this event cost $70 and may be purchased through registration. Proceeds go to the ASHFoundation’s programs supporting innovators and sparking innovation.

International Reception

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  

Join ASHA leadership and international staff for the Annual International Reception and enjoy networking and mingling with your colleagues from around the world. Your international colleagues look forward to meeting you! Cash bar. No RSVP needed.

Multicultural Collective Concerns (MC2) Event: West Coast Premiere of "Talking Black in America"

Time and Location TBD

Everyone is invited to the west coast premiere of "Talking Black in America: The Story of African American Language"—the first film devoted to African-American speech. This special screening event, hosted by ASHA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Special Interest Group 14, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, will take place at the annual MC2 (Multicultural Collective Concerns) event. Executive producer and famed sociolinguist, Walt Wolfram, will be available after the movie for a question-and-answer session. This special event is a unique opportunity to gain insight into the history of African-American English and its cultural impact. Co-produced and directed by Emmy-award winners Neal Hutcheson and Danica Cullinan, this is a must-see film!

"Talking Black in America" is produced by North Carolina State University’s Language and Life Project, founded and directed by Wolfram. This is the first documentary to portray the most controversial and misunderstood language variety in the history of American English. According to the Language and Life Project, the documentary is framed around the comments and activities of everyday speakers and performers reflecting real world experiences, curated alongside the observations of linguists, historians, and educators. It showcases the development and changing role of language in the lives of African-Americans, as well as the impact it has had on speech and culture in the United States and beyond. The film confronts the persistent stereotypes and prejudices about African-American language and positions it solidly as an integral part of the cultural legacy of all Americans. 

Friday, November 10

ASHA Awards Ceremony

6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  

The ASHA Awards Ceremony celebrates the highest achievements and excellence in the professions. Presentations will be made to recipients of the Honors of the Association, ASHA's most prestigious award which recognizes lifetime achievement, and to ASHA Fellows, whose contributions are the cornerstones of the professions. Additional awards will be given honoring members who have also contributed to the professions and Association. The beloved Annie Glenn Award will also be presented to someone whose work to raise awareness or advocate for those with communication disorders captures the spirit of Mrs. Glenn.

Open Houses

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Various locations TBA

A number of universities and affiliated organizations hold open houses following the Awards Ceremony on Friday evening. View the schedule of open houses.

Saturday, November 11

ASHA Closing Party

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  

On Saturday evening, the ASHA Convention concludes with a fun party where you can relax and celebrate another great year with friends and colleagues. A location and information about how to reserve tickets will be announced when registration opens.

Request Function Space at the ASHA Convention

Exhibitors, affiliate groups and organizations, and universities or academic programs may request function space to hold a meeting, reception, Open House or other event during the ASHA Convention. Requests are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows. Learn more about the function space guidelines and request process.

Have questions about the ASHA Convention or need more information? E-mail us at convention@asha.org.

 

*All proceeds benefit ASHA's Political Action Committee, ASHA-PAC, which provides financial support to candidates for U.S. Congress that recognize the importance of audiologists and speech-language pathologists and who demonstrate concern for the rights of all citizens to receive these services. ASHA-PAC can only accept contributions from ASHA members and staff. ASHA members may contribute additional funds to bring a guest to this event.

Contributions to ASHA-PAC are not deductible for federal tax purposes. All contributions to ASHA-PAC are voluntary and you have a right to refuse without reprisal. The proposed contribution amounts are only suggestions and more or less may be given. The amount given by the contributor, or the refusal to give, will not benefit or disadvantage the person being solicited. Federal law requires ASHA-PAC to report the full name, address, occupation, and employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 per year. Federal law prohibits corporate contributions.