Prepare to Attend

Important onsite information to help in-person attendees prepare for the ASHA Convention.

We’re excited to see you in Washington, D.C.! As you get ready for the ASHA Convention, take a moment to read through the information on this page so you arrive prepared.

Getting There

Convention activities and sessions are taking place in the following locations:

All ASHA hotels are walkable to the Convention Center, so regular shuttle service will not run this year. (ADA shuttle service is still available.)

If you are staying farther away from the convention center area, taxis and rideshare services (Lyft, Uber) are readily available in downtown D.C.

The convention center is adjacent to the Mount Vernon Square station via the Yellow and Green lines [PDF] on the Metro, D.C.’s subway system. We recommend checking the Metro website before you leave to check if there are any service alerts or delays.

For those arriving by car, paid parking is available in several lots and garages within blocks of the Convention Center. The convention center does not operate its own parking facility.

Hotel Restaurants & Services

Some hotels in Washington, D.C. are still operating with reduced staff and your patience is appreciated. We recommend that you review your hotel’s current housekeeping and room service policies, as well as the operational status of on-site dining and “grab-and-go" outlets so you know what to expect.

We recommend having a copy or photo of your vaccination card on hand. Some local restaurants may ask to see proof of vaccination for entry.

Registration Check-In/Scan In

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 1, Grand Lobby

Do not forget to bring your badge with you to Washington, D.C. Everyone registered for the full 3-day event by November 1 should have received their badge, tickets, and lanyard in the mail in advance, or a notification with special instructions for badge pick-up. (International, one-day, and Exhibit Hall-only registrant badges are not mailed.)

Once you arrive in D.C., check the Registration hours, grab your badge, and head over to the convention center to check in/scan in and pick up your tote bag. Even though you received your badge in advance, you still must check in by scanning your badge to verify your attendance. The self-scan system helps us to keep contact points and crowding minimized. ASHA Info Desks will also have scanners.

We are required to have contract tracing in place, and it is important that you check in so we know who is present onsite. Additionally, you must check in so you can document your attendance and report your continuing education credit after the ASHA Convention concludes.

ASHA Eats Cards

If you purchased an ASHA Eats card when registering, you may exchange the ticket in your registration materials for the card at the Tickets counter in the Registration area in the Grandy Lobby. A limited number of additional ASHA Eats cards will be available to buy onsite if you did not purchase one with your registration.

Registration Customer Service

You will need to go the Registration Customer Service Desk in the Grand Lobby if:

  1. You registered after the November 1 badge mailing cut off and need to print your badge.
  2. Your badge didn’t arrive in the mail, or you forgot or lost it.
  3. You are one of the registrant types that must pick up your badge onsite (International, One-day, Exhibit Hall-only).
  4. You have a registration issue to resolve, like a balance due. 
Registering Onsite and Proof of Vaccination

You will still need to provide proof of vaccination to register onsite, either by verifying your vaccination through CrowdPass in advance or showing your vaccination card. You may not provide a negative COVID test in lieu of proof of vaccination. Accommodations will not be granted onsite; if you are not able to provide proof of vaccination, you will not be permitted to register onsite. If you are unable to meet the vaccination requirement, we encourage you to register for the Virtual Library.

Onsite Payments

The ASHA Convention will be cashless this year, so we encourage you to make any necessary changes to your registration in advance through the Attendee Service Center, or be prepared to conduct any transactions onsite via credit card or check.

Wear Your Badge

Badges must be worn at all times while participating in ASHA Convention activities, whether in the Convention Center, at the Marriott, or at off-site activities such as the ASHA-PAC Reception or ASHFoundation Reception. We will be monitoring badges stringently this year since your badge signifies that you are officially registered and have provided proof of vaccination.

Badge Ribbons

Ribbons to decorate your badge will be available inside the Exhibit Hall starting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 18. Gender pronoun ribbons are available here, as well as at any of our ASHA Information desks.

Personal Preference for Physical Distancing

Orange ribbons and wristbands will be used to self-identify if you prefer greater physical distancing. Special seating has been designated with orange bands for those who desire greater distance. Kindly respect individuals’ indicated preferences.

Tote Bag Pickup

You may pick up your sponsored ASHA Convention tote bag in the Exhibit Hall beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 18. The Exhibit Hall is located on the Concourse Level (Level C). There is no printed program book this year; the ASHA Convention mobile app will be your primary onsite resource.

Planning Resources

Download the ASHA Convention mobile app to your phone or tablet. The app allows you to search for sessions or presenters, build a schedule, access handouts (if shared by presenters), view floor plans and use the Wayfinder feature to navigate, bookmark exhibitors to visit, view the list of meetings and activities, check if friends are coming, and so much more.

Program Planner stations will be available onsite in several locations at the Convention Center. The Program Planner syncs with the mobile app. Create an account using your www.asha.org login and password and anything you save to your schedule will be viewable in both the Program Planner and the mobile app.

Floor plans of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center [PDF] and the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. [PDF] are accessible through the mobile app to help you familiarize yourself with our space in advance. Once onsite, you can use the Wayfinder feature in the mobile app to route yourself to locations, even room-to-room.

Familiarize yourself with the policies and logistical information on our website. You’ll find need-to-know info about the meeting code of conduct, coat and luggage check, lost and found, first aid, rooms for nursing moms, and much more.

Poster Study Hall for Virtual Poster Q&A Sessions

Everyone registered for the full in-person event also has access to the ASHA Convention Virtual Library. Sessions will be available in the library beginning November 15.

We will have designated Poster Study Hall areas onsite where you may log into the Virtual Library to view poster presentations and participate in the live, virtual poster Q&A sessions scheduled on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19.

Sign in with the email you used to register and your 6-digit registration confirmation number to access session content. Your confirmation number is located at the top of the confirmation email message you received after you registered. It is also printed on your badge.

Exhibit Hall

In addition to a wide array of exhibitors, in the Exhibit Hall you will also find the ASHA Member Services Center, ASHA Lounges and the ASHA Store. Take advantage of special savings and activities happening during the ASHA Convention. Also, be sure to thank our generous event sponsors and see what they have for you!

Eating and Drinking

All food and drink must be consumed while seated or stationary. There will be many areas where you can sit and take your mask off to eat and drink, as well as seating options that allow for greater physical distancing. Session rooms will have water coolers. Bring your own water bottle. Coffee and tea will be offered at certain activities, and available during the daily breaks in the Exhibit Hall.

Although ASHA does not provide meals, many concessions options will be available in the Convention Center, including some larger food court areas (with heathy options!). A concessions map will be available in the mobile app, or you may ask the ASHA Info Desks to help you identify food options, including gluten free and vegan.

ASHA Eats cards may be used towards food and drinks at any food outlet inside the Convention Center.

Health and Safety Practices and Procedures

ASHA and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center have implemented practices and protocols to create a comfortable, safety-conscious environment for in-person participants. We have provided an overview of what you can expect onsite.

Mobility and Accessibility

If you need accommodations relating to mobility, hearing, vision, or other areas while onsite and have not already communicated with us, please send an email to accessevents@asha.org as soon as possible so we may review your needs and discuss options. On-site requests will be fulfilled to the best of our ability; however, available resources may be limited.

ADA-accessible transportation between the convention center and ASHA hotels will be available for those with mobility issues. To arrange for ADA shuttle service while onsite, call 1-800-523-4046 and allow 45 minutes from call time for pickup.

Social Media

Follow @ASHA_Events on Twitter and @ashaweb on Instagram, and use #RisingUNITED and #ASHA2021 to connect with fellow attendees and ASHA social media staff during the event.

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ASHA Continuing Education (CE) Reporting Deadline

The deadline to report the sessions you attend at the 2021 ASHA Convention for CE credit is Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m., Eastern time. This is the only way to earn professional development hours (PDHs) or ASHA continuing education units (ASHA CEUs) and to officially document your attendance with a Certificate of Completion.

There is a nonrefundable $50 fee to initiate an appeal if you do not report by December 1, 2021. Appeals are accepted only for 6 months from the published reporting deadline. They are adjudicated individually by the Continuing Education Board and may not be granted.

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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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