Leadership Into New Frontiers Co-chairs Outline Highlights of Philadelphia Convention ASHA Convention Coverage
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ASHA Convention Coverage  |   April 01, 2010
Leadership Into New Frontiers
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ASHA Convention Coverage   |   April 01, 2010
Leadership Into New Frontiers
The ASHA Leader, April 2010, Vol. 15, 20-21. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC.15052010.20
The ASHA Leader, April 2010, Vol. 15, 20-21. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC.15052010.20
Historic Philadelphia—the birthplace of the country—offers an exciting backdrop to ASHA’s 2010 convention and its theme, “Leadership Into New Frontiers,” according to co-chairs Shari Robertson and Anthony Cacace.
“It takes both vision and leadership to embrace new opportunities and solve the problems that challenge us as a discipline,” said Robertson, speech-language pathology co-chair. “All of us, regardless of our professional settings or actual titles, have the capability to provide leadership. Tapping into our personal leadership potential is a powerful way to move forward into the new frontiers of science, technology, and innovation that await us.”
Cacace, audiology co-chair, added, “With ’Leadership Into New Frontiers’ as our theme and ’advancing science’ as our goal, we challenge the professions to forge into new vistas and use the history of Philadelphia as the backdrop for this achievement.”
The program committee will infuse leadership throughout the convention sessions. Some sessions will focus specifically on leadership skills and strategies; the concept will be emaphsized in other sessions on topics such as research, diversity, and technology.
Session Topics
Cacace and Robertson emphasize that many sessions will be cross-disciplinary. Cacace specifically noted that the program includes sessions on improving spoken language outcomes for children who are deaf and others on critical issues in auditory-based literacy development. Robertson added the convention will feature presenters from related professions—physicians, psychologists, and physical therapists, among others—as well as a number of international speakers.
In speech-language pathology, “With so many new frontiers to explore it’s hard to pinpoint the topics that might be considered the ’hottest,’” Robertson said, “but some exciting session topics include collaborative partnerships across disciplines and borders, research in neuroplasticity, cultural and bilingual influences on communication development, telepractice as a service delivery model, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.”
The audiology program, according to Cacace, addresses updates on a wide range of topics, including frequency-lowering hearing aids in adults and children, outcome measures of children with hearing loss, hybrid/bimodal cochlear implants, use of music in optimizing auditory perception and in rehabilitative strategies for adults with hearing loss, use of wireless applications in hearing aids, telepractice, auditory processing and the “auditory brain,” and advances in vestibular science.
Old Favorites
“In Philadelphia, attendees will find all the elements that make our convention great year after year,” Robertson said, including the exhibition hall with its new products and cutting-edge technology, the awards ceremony, the opening session (featuring Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen For the Cure), and Graduate School Fair. Social activities will include an ASHFoundation fundraiser and the ever-popular closing party, to be held “in the fabulous National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia,” she added.
This year, the convention layout will allow for more poster sessions. Convention-goers also will have the opportunity to explore historic Philadelphia, sample the offerings at the famous Reading Terminal (just across the street from the convention center), and shop in Center City.
“The 2010 convention is set to offer unique educational experiences for all who attend,” Cacace said. “Forging new frontiers in science requires leadership; leadership requires intelligence, courage, and discipline to ensure that some of the best minds in the field can identify research challenges, develop new methodologies, localize and reverse limitations to progress, and find solutions to existing problems. Our comprehensive and provocative program is destined to make history and take another incremental step forward in the frontiers of science in communication sciences and disorders.”
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