Convention Brings Evidence of Excellence As co-chairs of the 2012 ASHA Convention, we have witnessed our great colleagues in the professions seize the opportunity to offer creative sessions that showcase the latest in clinical practice, research, and community service. We are excited that the communication sciences and disorders (CSD) discipline has continued its progress in ... ASHA Convention Coverage
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Convention Brings Evidence of Excellence
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  • Celia Hooper, PhD, CCC-SLP, Convention co-chair for speech-language pathology, can be reached at crhooper@uncg.edu.
    Celia Hooper, PhD, CCC-SLP, Convention co-chair for speech-language pathology, can be reached at crhooper@uncg.edu.×
  • Gregg Givens, PhD, CCC-A, Convention co-chair for audiology, can be reached at givensg@ecu.edu
    Gregg Givens, PhD, CCC-A, Convention co-chair for audiology, can be reached at givensg@ecu.edu×
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ASHA Convention Coverage   |   July 01, 2012
Convention Brings Evidence of Excellence
The ASHA Leader, July 2012, Vol. 17, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC3.17092012.16
The ASHA Leader, July 2012, Vol. 17, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC3.17092012.16
As co-chairs of the 2012 ASHA Convention, we have witnessed our great colleagues in the professions seize the opportunity to offer creative sessions that showcase the latest in clinical practice, research, and community service. We are excited that the communication sciences and disorders (CSD) discipline has continued its progress in evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence, leading us to our Convention theme—Evidence of Excellence: Opportunities and Outcomes. The CSD research community has helped us move our evidence to practice, and the Convention Program Committee has worked tirelessly to create what will be an exciting meeting centered on this theme.
This year’s Convention has so much to offer—including some popular features returning from last year. From the Opening General Session on Thursday morning, to Thursday evening’s Welcome Reception (relocated to the Exhibit Hall, the heart of the Convention!), to more networked rooms that will expand access to popular at-capacity sessions, we’ve made sure to keep Convention features that attendees like best.
We are very excited to have Maya Angelou as our keynote speaker for the opening session. Angelou, hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, writes about the opportunities and challenges of life. Her speech and language challenges as a young child are highlighted in her book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She will certainly capture the audience with the elegance and insight of her words. Her inspirational messages of hope and equality are especially appropriate for our setting in historic, vibrant Atlanta.
Don’t miss the Awards Ceremony, where we recognize members’ achievements. Sen. John Glenn and Annie Glenn will present the 2012 Annie Glenn Award, given to someone who exemplifies the distinction, courage, and personal strength of Mrs. Glenn, who overcame a communication disorder. This year’s award goes to a couple—Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Captain Mark Kelly. The strength and determination displayed by their journey through rehabilitation—coupled with the excellence of their rehabilitation team—are inspirational to us all.
Evidence of excellence in our professions takes many forms, from the outcome of a single client’s progress to the successful completion of a research project. In more than 1,800 sessions offered this year, our presenters will share their own excellence with participants in numerous ways.
This Convention’s professional education features some great sessions with invited speakers, including our Premier Sessions. In the first such session, Mark Bauerlein of Emory University will focus on social media use among young adults in the United States in “Social Media Aren’t Social: Young Adults and Web 3.0.” This presentation will discuss the implications for CSD professionals of the avalanche of texts, Facebook entries, and other social media connections in this population.
In our second Premier Session, Scott Simmons, director of telemedicine at the University of Miami, will present “Telehealth—Redefining the Point of Care,” which will focus on determining the point of care that is most convenient for the patient, and the impact of this change on all health care delivery.
Several important themes have emerged in submissions proposed by ASHA members, including:
  • Telepractice

  • Use of technology, including social media, tablet computers, free apps, Internet materials, and imaging

  • Grand rounds/best practices in a variety of clinical disorder areas

  • Genetics and CSD

  • Internationalization, including diagnosis and treatment in many languages

  • Clinical research updates on implants and wearable devices

  • “Dosage,” or evidence of how much treatment and how often

  • Health care reform, including the changing health care landscape

These themes will be evident in many seminars and poster presentations, which you will find to be relevant, timely, and stimulating. And we hope that your overall ASHA Convention experience will be rewarding, enriching, and invigorating—imparting new ideas, techniques, and professional connections to take back to your practice.
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