About the ASHA Convention

Location

The in-person 2021 ASHA Convention will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Welcome from the Convention Co-Chairs

The Convention Co-Chair for Audiology, Tena McNamara, and the Convention Co-Chair for Speech-Language Pathology, Laura Purcell Verdun, welcome you to the 2021 ASHA Convention. In partnership with the Convention Program Committee, they are working to offer a wide array of sessions which draw on our theme, "Rising UNITED" to meet the continuing education needs of communication sciences and disorders professionals.

"Rising UNITED," is a celebration of the resilience and resourcefulness of communication sciences and disorders professionals in the face of adversity. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists, students and researchers encountered unprecedented challenges in 2020, but ultimately, through their ingenuity, found innovative solutions to service delivery, teaching and supervision, and made important advances in research. We have grown in strength and knowledge over the past year, supported by our colleagues and the professional community. The 2021 ASHA Convention will be our opportunity to celebrate our resilience—together.

A Hybrid Event: Two Options For 2021

The 2021 ASHA Convention will be a hybrid event, pairing an in-person convention with an online library of pre-recorded digital sessions. You have the choice of either attending the in-person ASHA Convention, or registering at a discounted rate to gain access just to the ASHA Convention Virtual Library.

Join Us in Washington, D.C.

The in-person ASHA Convention in Washington, D.C., taking place November 18–20, will be a return to the traditional, though smaller, convention experience that you’ve missed—featuring in-person learning and a vibrant exhibit hall—PLUS access to the Virtual Library. Proof of vaccination will be required to register for the in-person event. Masks will be required onsite for all participants.

The ASHA Convention Virtual Library

The ASHA Convention Virtual Library, open from November 15–22, is an online platform that will provide access to hundreds of pre-recorded sessions. It will be available over an extended 8-day period that overlaps the in-person event, allowing you to learn on your own schedule. Posters will even feature live, virtual Q&A sessions, so you can interact with presenters and other attendees in real time. (In-person sessions will NOT be recorded or live-streamed for the Virtual Library.)

The Virtual Library will also feature interactive exhibitor profiles, so you can browse companies and organizations offering products and services for the professions.

What's New and Other Updates 

Read about important updates and other news, including the vaccination requirement for anyone registering for the in-person event.

Why Attend the ASHA Convention?

The ASHA Convention is the most comprehensive education event in the world for speech, language, and hearing professionals. Our event provides attendees with a once-a-year opportunity to learn about the latest research, expand clinical skills and techniques, find new products and resources, and network with colleagues while earning continuing education credit. Find tips for getting employer support to attend.

Schedule

The Schedule at a Glance provides an overview of each day’s events.

Program

The ASHA Convention education program covers 31 topic areas related to the professions and offers thousands of sessions—oral seminars, technical sessions, poster presentations and master classes—for ASHA Continuing Education Credit or professional development hours.

Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall at the ASHA Convention is the largest showcase in the country dedicated to the professions of audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science. Over 300 companies offering the latest products and services exhibit annually. You’ll also find touchpoints such as themed lounges and the ASHA Member Service Center where you can connect with ASHA staff and volunteer leaders on a variety of topics.

Special Events and Networking

Attend social activities and special events, such as the Opening General Session and Awards Ceremony, to round out your ASHA Convention experience and connect with your colleagues in the professions.

General Convention Policies and Services

Information from A-Z about what you need to know for the ASHA Convention, such as parking, badge policies, accessibility for those with disabilities, what to wear, and much more.

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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: convention@asha.org

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
Monday–Friday

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

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