Imagine More November 21-23 Orlando, FL

  • Empowerment Zone

  • Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Hall A

    Want to learn how to advocate more effectively on behalf of your clients, students, or colleagues? Need some tips on how to speak out on issues you care about in your life outside work?

    ASHA members are caring, compassionate, concerned, and committed citizens, but the new issues and new calls to action bombarding us each day can be overwhelming. The Empowerment Zone is here to help you rise to the challenge and find a way to make a meaningful difference in a way that feels right to you. Featuring representation from ASHA’s volunteer leadership, ASHA staff members, and other experts, we will guide you through filtering and elevating the issues you care about most, and we’ll show you ways to make your message impactful.

    Join us in the Empowerment Zone to share your story, tell us what you care about, channel your passion, and find your personal path to action!

    Early Career Resources

    ASHA defines early-career professionals (ECPs) as members aged 30 or under and/or with five years’ experience or less in communication sciences and disorders professions. Visit the ECP Clubhouse in the Empowerment Zone to meet and network with other ECPs and ASHA staff, and learn about initiatives we’re working on for ASHA ECPs. We’ll have a fun ECP Scavenger Hunt to help you make the rounds at #ASHA18.


    Advocacy comes in many shapes and forms. Whether the issues you are most passionate about are on the federal, state, or local level, related to your career or your personal life, we can help you find the most productive way to channel your energy to make a difference. Stop by to take the advocacy style quiz and to find tools and resources to take the next steps toward advocating for the issues you care about most.

    Leadership Skills

    Learn about the many pathways to leadership, either in your workplace or as an ASHA volunteer leader. Explore opportunities offered through the newly launched Leadership Academy, complete a brief self-assessment of your leadership skills—as well as an assessment of your primary leadership style—and receive tips about how to enhance your current skills. The Leadership Skills Empowerment Station also has information about various programs and initiatives for ECPs, including the Leadership Development Program and the Minority Student Leadership Program.

    Media Training

    ASHA’s Public Relations staff is here to give you grassroots guidance on how to raise your profile within your social, career, and community network through local media engagement. Learn more about what the media wants; where, how, and when to begin media outreach; and how to use national news developments to make local news. Get tips for making media interviews successful, and learn how to be a media-savvy pro.

    Tech and Social Media Tools

    Bring your smartphone, tablet, or other device to the Tech and Social Media Tools station to learn about technology trends in a friendly, hands-on, one-on-one environment for all generations. Tech gurus will demonstrate wearables and cool new gadgets that can help make your day more productive. You can also learn tips for updating your LinkedIn profile to stand out from the crowd. From the techie to the techno-phobe, this lounge is for you!

    Sign the Declaration!

    Visit the Empowerment Zone to add your name to the Universal Declaration of Communication Rights. The Declaration was developed by the International Communication Project (ICP), an undertaking involving nearly 50 organizations and entities worldwide.

    The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is a founding member of the ICP, along with Speech-Language & Audiology Canada, Orthophonie et Audiologie Canada, the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists, New Zealand Speech-language Therapists Association, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and Speech Pathology Australia.

    The Universal Declaration of Communication Rights states:

    • We recognize that the ability to communicate is a basic human right.
    • We recognize that everyone has the potential to communicate.
    • By putting our names to this declaration, we give our support to the millions of people around the world who have communication disorders that prevent them from experiencing fulfilling lives and participating equally and fully in their communities.
    • We believe that people with communication disabilities should have access to the support they need to realize their full potential.

    Learn more about the International Communication Project on their website or take the pledge at home!