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Wednesday, November 17
1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Gallaudet University has invited ASHA Convention participants to come learn about the rich history of the university and the Deaf perspective with an in-person campus walking tour including informational sessions and materials.
Gallaudet University is the only university in the world specifically designed to educate deaf and hard of hearing students. It has a strong bilingual culture of American Sign Language and written English, and the campus is situated within a larger Signing Ecosystem (e.g. local deaf-owned businesses nearby, a “Signing Starbucks”). The campus features Deaf Space architecture, the Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center, the Gallaudet University Speech and Hearing Center*, as well as The Clerc National Deaf Education Center, which supports two model Deaf Schools on campus—Kendall Demonstration Elementary School and Model Secondary School for the Deaf—that educate students in a bilingual-bimodal model. The Clerc Center also provides resources for educators of the Deaf throughout the United States and the world that you can learn more about.
This tour is hosted by Gallaudet University representatives and ASHA is providing the transportation. Space is limited to only 60 participants. Tickets are $5 (to help offset transportation) and may be reserved through registration. ASHA shuttles will transport participants from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to Gallaudet University and back. It is a quick 10-minute ride. This is primarily a walking tour, so please be prepared to be on your feet for the duration and wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
*Tours of Gallaudet Hearing and Speech Center dependent on current local COVID guidelines.
The Convention begins with the Opening General Session on Thursday morning, featuring energizing addresses by the ASHA president, Convention co-chairs, and a special keynote speaker.
The ASHA Awards Ceremony celebrates high achievement and excellence in the professions. The awards presented, including the Honors of the Association and ASHA Fellows, recognize members who have contributed significantly to the professions and ASHA. The beloved Annie Glenn Award will also be presented to an individual whose work to raise awareness or advocate for those with communication disorders captures the spirit of Mrs. Glenn.
Various lounges will be located throughout the Exhibit Hall. Plan to stop by the lounges to chat with ASHA staff and volunteer leaders to learn more about ASHA services or programs.
In addition to over 300 exhibiting companies, the Exhibit Hall offers a number of opportunities to network, including a daily lunch break that provides dedicated time to visit exhibitors and socialize, the Caring Square community service activity and various themed lounges where you can meet ASHA staff and leadership or connect with other members.
A variety of audiology-focused events will take place over the three days of the ASHA Convention. These events are a great opportunity to connect with colleagues in the audiology community.
The virtual Graduate School Fair provides an opportunity for students to talk with communication sciences and disorders (CSD) program representatives about graduate or PhD program goals, curricula, clinical experiences, and opportunities for participation in research, among other topics.
12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 1, Salon G
The ASHA Leadership Q&A: A Membership Chat With the Board, formerly the ASHA Member Forum, provides an opportunity for you to meet with the ASHA Board of Directors and staff to learn about organization objectives and initiatives. You are also invited to offer feedback on the direction and activities of the Association. Pick up a feedback form at the ASHA Member Services Center to fill out and bring to the Leadership Q&A and come with your questions, concerns, and ideas.
Although ASHA boards, committees, and councils typically hold meetings during the ASHA Convention, there will not be an official Committee Day on Wednesday this year. Some affiliate groups will hold meetings. A list of published meetings and activities will be available in the Program Planner and mobile app.
ASHA holds extra function space during the ASHA Convention to support affiliate organizations wishing to host related meetings or receptions. The deadline to request space was August 31.