Evidence of Excellence: Opportunities and Outcomes The theme of the 2012 ASHA Convention, “Evidence of Excellence: Opportunities and Outcomes,” spotlights ASHA members’ drive to discover the most effective treatments for communication disorders, and to deliver those treatments to individuals who struggle to communicate. More than 12,000 communication sciences and disorders professionals—researchers, scientists, academicians, clinicians from all ... ASHA Convention Coverage
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Evidence of Excellence: Opportunities and Outcomes
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ASHA Convention Coverage   |   July 01, 2012
Evidence of Excellence: Opportunities and Outcomes
The ASHA Leader, July 2012, Vol. 17, 15. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC2.17092012.15
The ASHA Leader, July 2012, Vol. 17, 15. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC2.17092012.15
The theme of the 2012 ASHA Convention, “Evidence of Excellence: Opportunities and Outcomes,” spotlights ASHA members’ drive to discover the most effective treatments for communication disorders, and to deliver those treatments to individuals who struggle to communicate.
More than 12,000 communication sciences and disorders professionals—researchers, scientists, academicians, clinicians from all work settings, and students—will take part in an innovative, exciting three-day program that promises to showcase excellence in the professions.
The stellar backdrop to all the Convention has to offer is the city of Atlanta—home of many representations of excellence, including CNN Studios, the offices of Coca-Cola, Emory University, and the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. The skyscrapers of downtown Atlanta give way to graceful, tree-lined streets, with attractions spread throughout the city but centered on the main thoroughfare of Peachtree Street.
At the heart of the ASHA Convention, based at the Georgia World Congress Center, are more than 1,800 learning opportunities related to cutting-edge research, practical clinical applications, and new developments in speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech, language, and hearing science. Sessions—on topics from augmentative and alternative communication to vestibular function—will be presented in several different formats, including one- and two-hour sessions, three-hour short courses, technical research sessions, and poster sessions.
Topping the list of “don’t miss” events at Convention are the Opening Session and Awards Ceremony. Maya Angelou—celebrated poet, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, and civil rights activist—will be the keynote speaker at the opening session. And the Awards Ceremony—the annual opportunity to recognize colleagues’ achievements—will also include the presentation of the Annie Glenn Award to Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly. Sen. John Glenn and Annie Glenn are scheduled to make the presentation.
Three packed days of Convention events also include a welcome reception, a closing party, the Exhibit Hall with a vast array of products and services, the Career Fair with employers from a variety of work settings, the Graduate School Fair with information about master’s and doctoral programs in communication sciences and disorders, and many other special events.
The following pages offer information on these and more attractions: Learning Labs, continuing education tracking, poster sessions, a publications lounge, a Volunteer Village/Leadership Center, a pre-Convention service activity, and much more.
More information and details on all aspects of the Convention are available on ASHA’s Convention webpage. Online Convention registration and hotel reservations open Aug. 1.
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