We’re preparing for all scenarios this coming year and are 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 as we adapt to a hybrid format.
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 someone 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 First-Timers Welcome to networking meet-ups for specialty groups, there are many ways to add some fun to your professional development at the ASHA Convention.
Various lounges will be located throughout the Exhibit Hall and the Poster Hall. 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.
Various audiology-focused events will take place over the three days of the ASHA Convention. These events are a great opportunity to connect with your colleagues in the audiology community.
The Graduate School Fair/PhD Center 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. The meeting space request form will be available in Summer 2021.
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. We want to hear what you imagine that ASHA could do for you!