Revolutionary Learning. Evolutionary Practice. November 15-17 Boston, MA

  • Information for Presenters

  • Oral Sessions

    One-hour and two-hour seminars, Technical Clinical and Technical Research Sessions, and Short Courses are all considered Oral Sessions.

    Poster Sessions

    Poster sessions will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at various time blocks throughout each day. e-Poster presenters will receive special instructions for preparing their presentations.


    All presenters (both oral sessions and posters) are required to register for the ASHA Convention and to arrange their own travel and accommodations, even if with special circumstances. If you are a presenter and not a member of ASHA (because you are not a speech-language pathologist and/or audiologist and therefore ineligible to join ASHA), please contact after you receive your acceptance letter to request special registration instructions.

    Conflict of Interest Disclosures and Call for Papers Agreement

    For consideration at an ASHA event, anyone presenting or listed as an author for a presentation is required to complete a disclosure indicating any financial or non-financial relationship related to the content of the session.

    All presenters must read, understand, and agree to adhere to the principles, guidelines, and procedures outlined in the Call for Papers Agreement and Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy. Presenters are also expected to follow the general expectations for sessions offered at the ASHA Convention.

    This requirement from ASHA's Continuing Education Board is designed to promote transparency in the design, development, and presentation of courses offered for ASHA CEUs. The requirement aligns ASHA with current practices among other professions, particularly in the continuing medical education arena.

    General Expectations for Sessions Offered at the ASHA Convention

    Presenters are expected to follow the general expectations for sessions offered at the ASHA Convention, as summarized below.

    • Education sessions at the ASHA Convention are noncommercial. It is not acceptable to use an education session to advertise a program, product, or service for sale.
    • The views that speakers express in education sessions are their own, and do not necessarily reflect ASHA's policies.
    • ASHA does not endorse programs, products, or services. Acceptance of a paper for presentation does not constitute ASHA's endorsement of its content.
    • Speakers are expected to refrain from comments or humor that disparages the rightful dignity of any person or group.
    • Speakers are expected to comply with copyright law and HIPAA regulations in selecting material and images for their presentations. In particular, speakers are cautioned against using images or identifying details of any client or patient without express written permission to do so.

    Presenting Authors Agreement

    Once a proposal has been accepted, all presenting authors (speakers) must agree to the Presenting Author Agreement. Presenters who do not complete the agreement will be removed from the program and will not be allowed to present at the ASHA Convention.

    Speaker/Presenter Management Center

    The new Speaker/Presenter Management Center is an online tool for all authors, both oral presenters and poster presenters. The center gives access to all submitted proposals, e-mail notifications, and disclosure form links throughout the Call for Papers process. If, in addition to being an author, you also submitted a proposal, you will have access to both the Call for Papers Submission Site and the Speaker/Presenter Management Center.

    Speaker Disclosures at the Start of Your Presentation

    Presenters of oral sessions should begin their presentation with a slide and verbal statement indicating their adherence to the agreement and disclosing any potential conflicts. Poster presenters should include a similar written statement within their visual presentation. View additional information and examples about speaker disclosures to help guide you with disclosure statements for your presentation.

    Presenter Tips

    Speakers should review these additional presenter guidelines and tips [PDF] for what to do if need assistance with the audiovisual equipment in your session room, overflow procedures for at-capacity sessions, assisting attendees who have made requests for reasonable ADA accommodations, and more.

    Accessibility Guidelines for Presenters

    ASHA is committed to providing access to continuing education courses to all participants with disabilities and other diverse learners. Accessible Continuing Education, or more broadly referred to as Universal Design Instruction (UDI), provides a framework for creating courses that ensure lectures, discussions, visual aids, videos, and printed materials are accessible to all participants, regardless of their learning styles or needs. Read more about Accessible Continuing Education and the suggestions for presenters to ensure everyone can follow your presentation. Presenters may also wish to familiarize themselves with ASHA's accessibility policy for providing ADA accommodations at its live events. 


    Every year, we receive numerous requests from attendees seeking detailed information from presenters before, during and after the Convention. To better meet the educational needs of attendees, we are asking that presenters upload 3 pages of advance material by October 18, to include a functional outline of the presentation and a list of references or links related to the final presentation. Presenters will NOT upload their final presentation through this mechanism—only advance notes which attendees may download or print to have accessible during the presentation.

    Instructions and a link for uploading advance materials will be emailed to presenters on or about September 13.


    As a presenter of a session offered for ASHA CEUs, you may claim credit for your own session, earning the same amount of credit as participants. Read more about earning continuing education credit at the ASHA Convention.