We’re planning the 2021 ASHA Convention as a hybrid in-person/virtual event. The networking activities listed on this page are tentative and subject to change. Some events may be moved to a virtual format or may need to be cancelled as we move forward in our planning, so please be sure to check back for updates. We appreciate your patience.
Wednesday, November 17
1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Come learn about the rich history of Gallaudet 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.
Tickets are only $5 and may be purchased 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.
Receptions and open houses provide time for attendees to relax and connect with colleagues and friends. From the Welcome in the Exhibit Hall to networking meet-ups for specialty groups, there are many ways to add some fun to your professional development at the ASHA Convention. Affiliate groups may request space to hold receptions and open houses.
Various lounges will be located throughout the Exhibit Hall and other areas within the convention center. Plan to stop by the lounges to chat with ASHA staff and volunteer leaders to learn more about ASHA services or programs, or use the spaces to rest between visiting with exhibitors or viewing posters.
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, various lounges, and the Welcome Reception on Thursday evening.
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.
A number of ASHA board, committee and council meetings, as well as meetings for affiliated organizations, are held during the ASHA Convention. Affiliate groups may submit requests for meeting space.
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.
ASHA holds extra function space during the ASHA Convention to support affiliate organizations wishing to host related meetings or receptions. Read the guidelines and policies and then complete the form by August 5 to request space for your meeting or event.