Getting Employer Support to Attend Convention

The ASHA Convention is the largest in-person gathering and most comprehensive education event in the world for speech, language, and hearing professionals and students. Learn about the latest research, expand your clinical skills and techniques, find new products and resources, and network with colleagues—all in only three days. Attendees will experience a full year's worth of benefits in the form of new and greater knowledge that can be directly applied to their work while earning valuable continuing education credit.

Use the 2024 ASHA Attendee ROI Toolkit [PDF] to receive approval or obtain support to your employer to attend the 2024 ASHA Convention in Seattle, WA. The toolkit will help serve as a guide to you to make a clear and strong business case to demonstrate why your attendance is not only an investment in your professional development but also an asset to your organization.

The following are some points to consider when drafting your letter:

  • What are the key challenges or issues facing our organization?
  • How can I contribute to addressing these challenges or accomplishing our organization's objectives?
  • Which sessions I should attend, and how can I leverage networking opportunities to support my role and our organization?

Tips for Getting Employer Support

  • Utilize the toolkit document to communicate the insights you expect to gain from the event and how they will directly benefit your work.
  • Identify the specific knowledge or skills you hope to acquire during the convention.
  • Volunteer to deliver a brief presentation and address any questions your colleagues may have afterward, enabling them to benefit from the knowledge you have acquired.
  • If your employer is helping with expenses, use the toolkit to assist you in outlining the expected costs for registration, airfare, accommodations, meals, and transportation.

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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 assistants; and students.

About the Convention

The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; and speech-language pathology and audiology assistants. 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:

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

Available 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Members: 800-498-2071
Non-Member: 800-638-8255

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