ASHA Convention: Services and Policies

From A to Z, here's what you need to know about the ASHA Convention. All attendees, presenters, and exhibitors should familiarize themselves with the policies, guidelines, and services outlined before attending the ASHA Convention.

ASHA is committed to providing an outstanding experience for all participants at its live events. We strive for full access to the activities of these events based on an awareness of participants' needs and appropriate planning. Accessibility accommodations relating to mobility, hearing, vision or other areas may be provided. Read more about accessibility at ASHA events.

We ask that requests for reasonable accommodations at our live events be made as early as possible, and well in advance of the event, so we may best accommodate individual needs and requirements. Onsite requests will be accommodated to the best of our ability, however, available resources may be limited.

For questions or concerns about accessibility at ASHA's live events, please contact

Thursday, November 18 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 19 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 20 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

ASHA staff will be on hand at the ASHA Member Services Center in the Exhibit Hall to help you with all the information and services the association provides. The Member Services Center can also help you with questions about the Exhibit Hall.

Business casual attire is recommended during the Convention. Session rooms are often cool, and attendees are advised to dress in layers. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.

Name badges will be issued to all registered in-person attendees, regardless of registration type, and must be worn at all times to gain entrance to sessions, events, the Exhibit Hall, and all other areas of the ASHA Convention. One-day registrants will have the day they selected to attend printed prominently on their badge to prevent re-use. (Exhibit Hall–only passes indicate limited access.)

There is a $10 fee to reprint lost badges.

Badges will be mailed in early November to everyone who is registered for the full 3-day event by October 15. Please do not forget to bring your badge. If it does not arrive in the mail, you will be able to print it onsite when you check in. Badges for one-day registrants are not mailed in advance; you may pick up your badge and materials at registration onsite after 3 p.m. the day before they are attending. (For example, if you plan to attend on Friday, you may pick up your badge and materials any time after 3 p.m. on Thursday.) If you register onsite, please do not come to the registration area earlier than 3 p.m. the day before you plan to attend the Convention.

The Capital Business Center in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center offers everything you need to meet your office needs from packing and shipping to signs, banners, office supplies, and copying and printing services.

Exhibitors are allowed limited use of cameras in their own booth area. Photography, video production, and/or graphic reproduction of other exhibitors' booths and products displayed therein are prohibited unless authorization is obtained from the exhibitor. Commercial use of photographs of attendees by exhibitors is prohibited unless written consent is given by the attendee.

Personal photography is permitted at social functions. Please see the Recording Policy for additional information on situations where photography is restricted or limited. Please see the Photo Release policy for information on ASHA's official photographer and use photos of attendees.

If you need to cancel your registration, whether for the in-person event or the Virtual Library, we must have your request in writing. Written notices of cancellation should be sent via e-mail to or via postal mail to:

ASHA Registration
11208 Waples Mill Road, Suite 112
Fairfax, VA 22030

All cancellations and refunds will be processed in the same manner as original payment: if paid by credit card the refund will be issued to the card on record, generally within 72 hours of the request. Payments made by check will be refunded as a check and may take up to 30 days AFTER the Convention to process. Donations (ASHFoundation, ASHA PAC, or Student) and ASHFoundation Fundraiser tickets are nonrefundable.

Cancellation requests for in-person registrations received before November 1 will be refunded, less a $50 processing fee, prior to the Convention. Any cancellation request received after November 1 will be refunded after the Convention, less a $75 fee. ASHA Eats cards and all special event tickets are nonrefundable after November 1.

Cancellation requests for virtual-only registrations received before November 1 will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee, prior to the Convention. Any cancellation request received after November 1 will be refunded after the Convention, less a $35 fee.

The cancellation fee is a processing fee and cannot be waived.

Talking on cell phones is strictly prohibited during all education sessions and other nonsocial events at the in-person ASHA Convention. Cell phones should always be in silent mode during sessions, meetings, and events to avoid disruption. Recording and photography is prohibited during sessions and events without prior consent from the presenter.

Certificates of Completion are available to all attendees. To retrieve your certificate, complete the online CEU/attendance reporting process. As soon as you have finished, you will be able to print your certificate.

You must report the sessions you attended at the 2021 ASHA Convention by December 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, to earn ASHA CEUs or PDHs and to receive a Certificate of Completion. If you need a record of the sessions you attended—or think you may need a record in the future—you must report for credit by December 1. Questions about Certificates of Completion or reporting your continuing education may be directed to the ASHA Professional Development team (

The ASHA Convention is a professional development event and is not intended to be inclusive of children. Due to safety and liability issues, children under 18 are not permitted in the Exhibit Hall, and strollers are not permitted in the Exhibit Hall or in session rooms. Due to space limitations and the potential for disruption in session rooms, as well as safety issues should overcrowding occur, the presence of infants and children in education sessions is discouraged. ASHA does not provide child care services. Your hotel concierge may be able to provide information about on-site child care services or other local options for child care.

See the Personal Consideration Room section below for information for nursing mothers.

Use the following format to properly cite oral seminars or poster presentations offered at the ASHA Convention:

Shepard, N., Gleason, A., Beckerman, M. (2017, November). 1004: Vestibular & Balance Grand Rounds Wait There’s More. Seminar presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Los Angeles, CA.

All attendees, whether in-person or virtual, are expected to abide by ASHA's Code of Conduct for Meetings.

ASHA expects in-person attendees to respect each other, ASHA staff, student volunteers, and convention center staff, and to behave in a courteous and civilized fashion. Attendees should respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property.

Abusive, harassing, or threatening behavior toward any other attendee or directed at any student volunteer, ASHA staff, convention center staff, or security will not be tolerated. Please report any incidents in which an attendee is abusive, insulting, intimidating, bothersome, or acting in an unsafe or illegal manner to ASHA staff or security immediately.

After the Convention, all registrants will receive an emailed invitation to complete an in-depth evaluation survey. To share suggestions or feedback while at the Convention, you may request a comment card at one of the Information Booths.

Visit any of the ASHA Information Booths located throughout the convention center during registration hours for help with continuing education (CE) questions. CE staff at the Information Booths can also provide instructions about how to report your continuing education credit earned during the ASHA Convention online.

A compiled list of new session changes and/or cancellations will be uploaded to the mobile app each day during the in-person event. Look for the Daily Updates button in the mobile app to view the daily lists.

Anyone who registers for the in-person event will need to agree to the COVID-19 Personal Responsiblity Statement as follows:

I acknowledge that ASHA cannot guarantee that I will not be exposed to or contract a Communicable Disease, such as COVID-19, at the 2021 ASHA Convention. As a participant in the upcoming ASHA Convention, I agree to abide by all established and applicable COVID-19-related requirements, advisories, policies, procedures, and protocols of the Convention Center, Hotels and ASHA, as well as the CDC, Washington, D.C., and any other governmental authority for the duration of the event.I understand the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by a Communicable Disease by attending the ASHA Convention. I knowingly and freely assume all such risks, both known and unknown, and assume full personal responsibility for my participation. I release ASHA and their staff and contractors from liability should I become ill, directly or indirectly, as a result of my participation in the event.

A first aid services area will be available should an attendee need medical assistance. Instructions for reporting an emergency onsite will be added to this section before the in-person event begins.

Floor plans for the convention center and Marriott will be available through the Program Planner and Convention mobile app. The mobile app also includes a way finder feature that can help you navigate the space.

The Convention Center has a number of concession areas which offer a variety of food, including some vegetarian and gluten-free choices, as well as grab-and-go snack and coffee carts located throughout the center.

You may purchase an ASHA Eats voucher card for $50 through registration. The card is worth $80 towards food and drink purchases at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center concession stands. A list of food outlets, with dietary specialties noted (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, etc.), where you can use your ASHA Eats card will be available at the ASHA Information Booths. 

Want to know who's coming to the ASHA Convention in Washington, D.C. this year? Use the online Friend Finder to search for people you know by name or organization. (Note: The Friend Finder lists only in-person attendees. It is opt-in and includes only those who indicated that they wished to be listed as an attendee when registering.)

Optimize your stay in Washington, D.C. by visiting the Guest Services team at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for information on local restaurants, tour packages throughout the city and surrounding area, attractions, transportation, maps, and more.

Representatives from ASHA's housing company will be located near the registration counter and available during registration hours to assist you should any issues arise with your hotel reservations.

Staff at the Information Booths, located in key high-traffic areas of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis, are available to answer any questions about the ASHA Convention. They will be open during registration hours.

Basic wireless Internet service is offered in the public areas of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Basic service allows attendees to perform low-bandwidth functions, such as checking email. Fees may apply. Internet access is not available for presenters in the session rooms.

The Marriott Marquis provides free basic wireless Internet service in the main lobby area only. All of the ASHA hotels offer complimentary high-speed Internet access for ASHA Convention guests.

Please see Personal Consideration Room below.

The 2021 ASHA Convention will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001) on November 18–20, 2021.

ASHA is not responsible for items lost during the Convention, nor is ASHA responsible for returning found items to attendees.

Found items brought to any ASHA Information Booth will be held at that booth for the remainder of the day; at the end of the day, the items will be brought to the ASHA Convention staff office. When the Convention concludes on Saturday, all unclaimed items will be turned over to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

It is the responsibility of attendees to follow up with the Convention Center’s Public Safety Division to retrieve lost items, which will be held for 90 days. After 90 days, the items are disposed in accordance with the Convention Center’s DC Property Disposal Guidelines.

To inquire about a lost item after the ASHA Convention, please contact the Convention Center at 202-249-3000.

A number of themed lounge areas—where you can rest between sessions, connect with colleagues and friends with similar interests, or speak with ASHA staff representatives—are located throughout the convention center.

An area will be available in Hall D at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center where coats and luggage may be stored for a small fee.

There will not be an official Board and Committee Day on Wednesday, when ASHA volunteer leaders traditionally meet, at the ASHA Convention this year. Some affiliate groups may hold meetings or events. All public events will be listed in the ASHA Convention mobile app and Program Planner.

If a session room reaches capacity, staff or student volunteers will direct attendees to one of the overflow rooms or areas where the audio feed and slides from the session will be broadcast. The mobile app now features a dynamic list of overflowed sessions and their viewing locations.

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center does not operate its own dedicated parking lot. Paid parking is available in many lots and garages within blocks of the Convention Center.

Private rooms are available in the convention center for nursing mothers and others with sensitive personal health needs. Locations listed will be for the nearest Information Booth where you may request a key—staff at the booths will direct you to where the room is located. Please note that these rooms are not staffed and ASHA is not responsible for items left in the rooms. Refrigerators are not provided, so please plan accordingly.

Your safety outside the convention center is also important, so please follow these general tips during your stay in Washington, D.C.:

  • Answer your hotel room door only when you can identify the person knocking.
  • Do not wear your meeting badge outside Convention functions or on the street.
  • Walk in groups when you are outside the convention center or your hotel.
  • Always let someone know where you are going when you leave the hotel or convention center.

ASHA hires an official photographer for the Convention. Photographs taken at the ASHA Convention may be used in future ASHA publications, on the ASHA website, or in other ASHA materials. By registering for the ASHA Convention, you agree to allow ASHA to use your photograph in ASHA-related print or digital publications.

Presenters are strongly encouraged to upload a three-page handout in advance to facilitate learning for attendees. Presenters are also asked to make their final presentation slides available for attendees post-Convention. If they grant permission to do so, their final slides will be available in full when the Convention concludes and accessible through the Program Planner.

All Convention presenters, including those displaying posters, are required to disclose relevant financial and nonfinancial relationships—or lack thereof—and must, at the beginning of their respective sessions or presentations, make a disclosure statement. The purpose of the disclosure requirement is to promote transparency in the design, development, and presentation of courses offered for ASHA CEUs. The requirement provides Convention attendees with a more complete context in which to evaluate presenters' information. Presenter disclosures may be viewed via the Program Planner. To report a presenter disclosure issue, stop by one of the Information Booths and ask for a comment form.

Registered press and media should come to the PR/Media Lounge (location TBA) for more information and to inquire about access to the Press Room.

ASHA does not sell the contact information of Convention registrants. We do provide some information to exhibiting companies for their marketing purposes; they are entitled to contact you once, either before or after the event. You may opt out of sharing your information with exhibitors during the registration process. Please note that doing so does not remove you from any lists that may be managed by ASHA Marketing. To remove yourself from these lists, you must call the Action Center at 800-498-2071.

Program Planner stations are available in various locations in the convention center. Search for sessions, create or update your personal schedule, and print advance handouts uploaded by presenters. (Additional materials may be available for download after the Convention.) Reduce paper waste by saving the handout to a thumb drive or your laptop.

Whether for personal or commercial use, the following recording types are strictly prohibited during all ASHA Convention education sessions, poster presentations, Short Courses, and the keynote speaker’s presentation at the Opening General Session:

  • Audio, video, and digital recordings
  • Live streaming or broadcasting
  • Photography

The only exception is if consent from the presenter was granted or obtained prior to the start of the session. If the presenter does not explicitly state that you may record the session or event at the start of the presentation, assume that recording is not permitted. Any individual who does not comply with this policy will be asked to leave the session or event and to surrender their film or recording media. Under no circumstances may presentations be rebroadcast.

All attendees who register online will receive a receipt/confirmation via email upon completion of the registration process and payment. Please make sure to add to your preferred contact list in your e-mail program.

Specialty ribbons to add to your badge will be centrally located in the ASHA Member Services Center.

You may add your name to the Roommate Locator or search posts to connect with others who are looking to share a hotel room.

Both oral presentations and posters sessions are subject to change, due to cancellations or presenter changes. Please refer to the session information listed in the online Program Planner or mobile app, as it is always up to date. Program addenda listing session changes, updates, and cancellations will be available for attendees at the Information Booths and other key areas each morning at the Convention. (Presenters who must cancel their session or substitute another presenter should send written notification to as soon as possible.)

Extensive planning goes into scheduling sessions in appropriately sized rooms; however, the popularity of sessions is not always predictable, and overcrowding occasionally occurs. If a session room reaches capacity, attendees must follow the instructions provided by ASHA staff, convention center staff, student volunteers, or security staff. Attendees may be instructed not to stand against the walls or block the aisles or doors, or they may be denied entry if the room is too crowded. ASHA is obligated to abide by the guidelines established by the fire marshal. If a room reaches full capacity and we do not have your cooperation, the fire Marshal has the authority to delay or even terminate the session until any problem has been satisfactorily corrected. Please be courteous and respectful to staff and student volunteers when you are directed elsewhere.

Attendees are asked to be respectful of their fellow attendees and to be mindful of potential disruptions during sessions, such as eating food, use of phones or other mobile devices, or the presence of infants and children. Phones and other mobile devices should always be silenced. Attendees should not be photographing presentation slides unless explicit permission has been granted by the presenter(s); please respect the Recording Policy.

The ASHA hotels in Washington, D.C. are all generally walkable from the convention center. Limited shuttle service will operate Wednesday, November 17 through Saturday, November 20.

ADA-accessible shuttle service for those with a disability will be available for all ASHA hotels. To arrange for ADA shuttle service, call 1-866-439-8564 and allow 45 minutes from call time to pickup. (Please note that those who use scooters can typically take advantage of the regular scheduled shuttle service; shuttle staff will help stow scooters underneath the buses in the cargo area.)

Follow @ASHA_Events on Twitter and @ashaweb on Instagram, and tag your posts or seach the hashtags #asha2021 and #RisingUNITED to follow what's happening during the ASHA Convention.

Other Ways to Connect on Twitter

  • #SLPeeps—Use/search this hashtag to find fellow SLPs.
  • #AudPeeps—Use/search this hashtag to find fellow audiologists.
  • @ASHAAdvocacy—Read tweets from ASHA’s government relations staff.

New to Twitter?

We have tips on ASHA Leader Live to get you started. For more hands-on help in Washington, D.C., look for ASHA's social media manager at the ASHA Member Service Center in the Exhibit Hall, where she will be giving quick tutorials to get you up and running!

ASHA encourages the use of social media and blogging at the ASHA Convention as a way for attendees to summarize, highlight, and promote presentations, or to share their experience in general, provided that presentation content and materials are not shared in full, and authors or presenters are referenced and cited where appropriate. Please keep in mind that presenters hold the intellectual property rights and copyrights to their materials.

A room at the convention center will be designated for speakers to finalize and upload presentation slides and notes. Technicians will be available to assist in preparing materials and can answer questions regarding the operation of audio-visual equipment. All oral session presenters must check in at the Speaker Ready Room at least 4 hours in advance of their scheduled session. Read more about the Speaker Ready Room and requirements for oral sessions.

ASHA thanks our sponsors. Sponsors are not responsible for the content of this conference nor does ASHA endorse their products or services.

ASHA uses student volunteers to assist in various roles during the ASHA Convention such as monitoring session rooms; disseminating information at Registration, Information Booths, and materials pickup stations; crowd and line management; providing support at Program Planner stations; tracking traffic in the Exhibit Hall; collecting tickets; and providing defined assistance for attendees with special needs.

In keeping with the Association’s Duty of Care and responsibility as a host, ASHA Leadership has decided that all participants at the in-person 2021 ASHA Convention, whether a presenter, attendee, exhibitor, staff, guest, or vendor, will be required to be fully vaccinatedProof of vaccination will be required to register for the in-person 2021 ASHA Convention. Accommodations may be offered on a case-by-case basis for any participant who is unable to be vaccinated for due to a disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs. We are encouraging mask use for all, though fully vaccinated attendees will not be required to wear them.

If you are unable to meet this requirement, we encourage you to register for the ASHA Convention Virtual Library, which offers an extensive array of pre-recorded sessions, all eligible for continuing education credit.

The Program Planner and mobile app allow you to preview the companies/organizations that are exhibiting at this year's ASHA Convention. View the exhibit hall floor plan, read company profiles, and bookmark the ones you want to visit using the app.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

About the Convention

The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

Contact Us

For inquiries about the ASHA Convention:

The ASHA Action Center welcomes questions and requests for information from members and non-members.

Available 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Members: 800-498-2071
Non-Member: 800-638-8255

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