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Revolutionary Learning. Evolutionary Practice. November 15-17 Boston, MA
Boston is the home of baked beans; Cheers—where everyone knows your name!; the American Revolution and, of course, the 2018 ASHA Convention, which will take place November 15–17 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. What better city to shake
up the status quo than Boston? Come along and explore what Revolutionary Learning, Evolutionary Practice means to us!
ASHA members, you have spoken and the
Convention Program Committee has listened! This year, we are focusing on all levels of experience. For early career professionals, we are developing special programming to promote practicing at the top of our license. For mid-to-late career professionals, we are building a
program of advanced courses that will challenge even the seasoned professional utilizing different presentation formats and alternative learning opportunities.
The ASHA Convention provides a time for us to collectively view our professions from the perspective of the past, the present and the future, which is particularly meaningful as we move toward ASHA’s 100th anniversary in 2025. We are seeking proposals for presentations that address the founding
principles of our discipline—concepts, theories, evaluation and/or practical applications that serve as the basis of what we do; our foundational courses. We are also seeking proposals that address how our professions have changed or topics that will change how we practice or
teach—we refer to these sessions as evolutionary. In addition, we are seeking proposals that offer new or innovative concepts, theories, or applications that may result in turning our professions upside down; our revolutionary topics.
ASHA 2018 will showcase some new and different learning opportunities. In addition to the Oral Seminars, Technical Clinical and Technical Research Sessions, Poster Sessions and Short Courses all traditionally offered at the ASHA Convention, we will be exploring some new “revolutionary” learning formats:
We have expanded and added a few new topic areas that we are especially excited about! For all proposals related to the care of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, whether it is audiologic diagnostic testing, or speech and language intervention, or school based management, we have created a new topic called: Hearing, Language, and Speech for the Deaf
and Hard of Hearing: Birth to School Transition, chaired by Donald Goldberg. For all proposals related to patient-provider communication and promotion of health literacy, a topic that should be on our minds whenever we create written materials or promote our specialties, we created the topic Health Literacy and Communication, chaired
by Jessica Rossi-Katz. To showcase cutting-edge, not-quite-ready-for-prime-time, innovative-but-possibly-controversial topics we created the Innovations, Debates, and Hot Topics in the
Discipline, chaired by Judy Montgomery and Patricia Dorn. Also changed is the Telepractice topic area, which is now Telepractice
and Technology, and chaired by Lesley Edwards-Gaither and Deborah Carlson to showcase how technology works in our discipline. We are very excited about seeing what proposal submissions we receive that may evolve or revolutionize our discipline!
Mark your calendar to participate in revolutionary learning and celebrate how our professions are evolving. Remember, the ASHA Convention program is only as good as the presentations. You can make a difference—YOU can have an impact.
We welcome proposals that are foundational (core understanding), evolutionary (transformative) and/or revolutionary (could change the way we practice!). Be a part of a high-quality clinical, scientific and innovative program at the 2018 ASHA Convention by submitting a proposal to present! History awaits you in Boston!
Melissa Jakubowitz, CCC-SLP
Sharon Sandridge, CCC-A