Schedule and Program

About the Program

The ASHA Convention is the strongest educational program for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech and hearing scientists, and related professionals. More than 2,900 sessions eligible for ASHA Continuing Education Credit or professional development hours are offered.

The program covers 31 topic areas related to the professions. Sessions are presented in a variety of formats:

  • Short Courses (ticketed; additional fee)
  • Master Classes
  • Oral Seminars (1-hour or 2-hours)
  • Technical Research and Technical Clinical Sessions
  • Hands-on Labs
  • Posters

Learn more about earning and reporting your continuing education activities at the ASHA Convention.

View the Program

The entire 2019 program is accessible through the Program Planner and mobile app. Both allow you to search for sessions and view session descriptions, author bios, learner objectives, presenter disclosures, and access handouts/session materials (if shared by presenters).

You may log in to the Program Planner or mobile app using your account to save sessions to your personal schedule. The Program Planner syncs with the mobile app, so if you also log in to both, you will see the schedule you created in either platform, and vice versa.

Handouts and Final Presentations/Session Materials

Final session materials, if presenters agree to publicly share their slides, will be available approximately three weeks (mid-December) after the conclusion of the Convention through the Program Planner and mobile app. Advance handouts, such as session outlines or references, are currently available. To view these materials, search for a session within the Program Planner or mobile app, then select the title to open the full session details. If session materials have been shared, you will see links at the bottom of the session detail screen.

Note: Session materials will only be available if the presenter(s) upload them or agree to share their final presentation slides when they checked into the Speaker Ready Room onsite. ASHA strongly encourages presenters to do so, but cannot make this a requirement as the material is the intellectual property of the presenter.

Program and Exhibit Guide and Other Resources

You may view, download or print the digital version of the official Program and Exhibit Guide online in advance. Printed program and exhibit guides are not mailed in advance, but will be available to registrants at the Materials Pick-up area onsite in Orlando.

Pre-Convention Workshops

Workshops offered for ASHA continuing education units (ASHA CEUs) or professional development hours (PDHs) will take place on Wednesday, November 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Workshop tickets are available for purchase through registration. You may purchase tickets even if you do not plan to attend the ASHA Convention itself; however, you'll still need to complete the full registration process. In the registration system, select the "Wednesday Only" option for $0, which will allow you to add tickets for the Wednesday workshops. You will pay only for the workshop you select, and you will not be registered for the ASHA Convention, which begins on Thursday.

Invited and Jointly Developed Sessions

Invited sessions feature presenters who have been specially invited to present on a topic by the Convention Program Committee, a Special Interest Group (SIG), or a Specialty Certification Board. Some Invited Sessions are a collaborative effort and are jointly developed by a combination of those entities. The presenters of these sessions hold expertise on the particular topic or subject area of the session. There is no special sign up or ticket required for these sessions and everyone is encouraged to attend them. SIG affiliates may be particularly interested in SIG-sponsored sessions.

Short Courses

Short Courses are optional 3-hour ticketed seminars (additional fee) led by subject-matter experts providing in-depth interaction at the intermediate level or above.

Research Symposium

The Research Symposium is an annual event held on Saturday during ASHA's Convention where clinicians and researchers discuss current research in communication sciences and disorders. Each year's symposium has a specific research theme. The symposium is comprised of 1-hour and 2-hour oral seminars and attendance is included with your registration. A Research Symposium on Hearing will be held on Friday.

The Call for Papers

ASHA members and related professionals are invited to submit proposals to present at the ASHA Convention through the Call for Papers. The 2020 ASHA Convention Call for Papers will be open from January 28, 2020, to April 7, 2020. Notifications of acceptance/non-acceptance for the 2019 ASHA Convention Call for Papers were e-mailed to all authors listed on proposals on July 15, 2019. Please e-mail if you have any questions.

Call for Convention Program Co-Chairs

The Call for Co-Chairs for the 2021 ASHA Convention in Washington, D.C. has closed. ASHA seeks qualified and excited individuals to share responsibility for the development and management of the education program for the ASHA Convention. The call to serve as a 2022 Convention Program Co-Chair will open in January 2020.

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:

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

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

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