Health and Safety Practices Onsite

Our goal is to help you feel confident about participating at the in-person ASHA Convention in New Orleans. We will be updating this page as we develop our safety practices and protocols for this year.

Vaccination and Masking Requirements

ASHA Leadership has set a policy for vaccination and masking for all live events. Proof of full vaccination will be required for all able and eligible individuals to register for an in-person event. Full vaccination is defined as two doses of a two-dose vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer, Moderna) or one dose of a one-dose vaccine series (J&J). Unvaccinated individuals may register for live events, however, a negative PCR/molecular or antigen test administered onsite at the event will be required for participation. The destination may also apply additional conditions and requirements for unvaccinated individuals. We will follow the event destination’s masking requirements and will update our policy at least 30 days in advance of the event.

For the 2022 ASHA Convention, we are following the vaccination and masking guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines in cooperation with our host destination, New Orleans.

Proof of full vaccination is required for all able and eligible individuals to register for the in-person ASHA Convention this year. We anticipate that the CDC may update its vaccination guidelines to include booster doses, therefore, we strongly encourage proof of a booster as well.

Unvaccinated individuals may register, however, a negative PCR/molecular or antigen test administered onsite at the ASHA Convention will be required for participation. Registrant badges will not be mailed in advance to unvaccinated individuals; badges may only be picked up onsite after testing negative.

If you are unable to meet these requirements, we encourage you to register for the Virtual Library.

The masking guidelines issued by the CDC and local jurisdictions are currently evolving, so we will provide a definitive policy for masks 30 days before the in-person ASHA Convention begins.

COVID-19 Testing Room

We will have a designated room where COVID-19 rapid tests will be administered onsite. Unvaccinated attendees will need to check-in and test negative at the testing room before they can proceed to Registration. Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should go immediately to the testing room to take a test.

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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.

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For inquiries about the ASHA Convention: convention@asha.org

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

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