Convention Unites Members In Science and Service There was a definite charge in the air at ASHA’s 2004 Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Convention, Nov. 18-20 in Philadelphia, with its theme, “United in Science and Service.” The feeling was almost tangible among the 11,500 people who attended that we’re finally out of the doldrums of the last several ... ASHA Convention Coverage
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ASHA Convention Coverage   |   December 01, 2004
Convention Unites Members In Science and Service
The ASHA Leader, December 2004, Vol. 9, 1-10. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC1.09222004.1
The ASHA Leader, December 2004, Vol. 9, 1-10. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC1.09222004.1
There was a definite charge in the air at ASHA’s 2004 Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Convention, Nov. 18-20 in Philadelphia, with its theme, “United in Science and Service.”
The feeling was almost tangible among the 11,500 people who attended that we’re finally out of the doldrums of the last several years. We survived the terrorist attacks of 2001. We survived hurricanes. We survived the contentious national election of 2004. Now it’s time to move on.
And move on we did. There were more than 1,500 sessions at the 2004 Convention, presented by experts in virtually every area of communication science and disorders, followed by 1,500 lively discussions. ASHA members even received some useful financial advice from Opening Session speaker Suze Orman.
There were also the pleasures of Philadelphia itself. Convention attendees took advantage of the spring-like temperatures and managed to find time to visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the fabulous Philadelphia Museum. The city’s streets held surprises around corners: Robert Indiana’s LOVE and Oldenburg’s Clothespin, and colorful murals everywhere. Even the Pennsylvania Convention Center, with original sculptures and photographs lining the hallways, was a veritable art museum in itself.
Science and Service
The 2004 Convention theme of “United in Science and Service” is closely connected with ASHA’s emphasis on evidence-based practice, explained Kenn Apel, speech-language pathology program co-chair. “We really wanted to highlight this notion. Using this theme, we are trying not only to link research to practice, but also to link audiologists to SLPs, researchers to clinicians, and to link people in this country to those around the globe.”
Dennis L. Burrows, audiology program co-chair, added that “We worked hard to include a good array of programming in the sciences as well as clinically applicable material. Many presentations blended the two areas together, highlighting the connection between science and service.”
Both Apel and Burrows noted that the topics in both audiology and speech-language pathology covered more professional ground than in past years and included something for everyone. “Any area you wanted covered,” Apel said, “you found at this Convention. I can’t imagine that there was a topic in which someone was interested that we didn’t touch upon.” Burrows added that the venue for the 2004 Convention was an especially good one. “Because the classrooms for the Audiology Convention were near those for the Speech-Language Pathology Convention, colleagues were able to meet each other. I believe we offered a great program in a great city.”
Opening General Session
At the Opening Session, ASHA President Larry Higdon welcomed the Convention co-chairs, introduced the Association’s volunteer leaders and, after considering the Association’s achievements for 2004, devoted the remainder of his comments to the need for volunteerism. “I’d like you to consider giving back to the professions that have allowed you to lead a wonderful life and help those with communication disorders.” It is worth the time and effort, he said. “You’ll be missing out if you don’t give back to your professions.”
Higdon announced that plans are in process for moving the National Office to another site in Rockville, MD. A preferred location has been identified for constructing a new building and talks are underway with potential buyers for the current site. Higdon pointed out that ASHA has outgrown its current building and that the move makes good financial sense given recent increases in the value of ASHA’s property.
Higdon then introduced Suze Orman, host of her own nationally broadcast CNBC-TV show, a contributing editor to Oprah Magazine, and author of four bestselling books, who offered the ASHA membership information in another area of continuing education-personal finance.
Orman, referring to the Bette Midler song, told the audience that, when she was a young child with a speech impairment, they were “the wind beneath her wings.” She worked with a “speech teacher” who helped her correct her problem as well as remediate a concurrent reading problem. “If you can speak, you can accomplish anything” her speech teacher told her. And now, said Orman, “The world is listening to me.”
But, Orman continued, “Are you listening to what you should be doing or not doing with your money? Words alone won’t pay your bills.” Money, whether or not we want to believe it, she said, is “a necessity of this life. Money alone won’t make you happy, but lack of money will make you miserable.”
Orman went on to say that we have more debt in the United States today than ever in our history and this has a powerful effect on how we should be taking care of our money. Since tax brackets will have to rise as a matter of necessity, it makes no sense to continue to contribute to 401K plans at today’s relatively low rates and to take out the money in the future when it will incur a higher tax load. It makes a lot more sense, said Orman, to contribute to a Roth IRA, which is bought with current after-tax dollars and which does not incur additional taxes when the money is withdrawn.
Orman advised the audience to invest their money in buying a primary residence. But do not get an adjustable rate mortgage, she said-with the current state of the dollar, the rates are bound to increase. Instead, get a fixed-rate mortgage. Also, stay far away from any life insurance other than term insurance-insurance is only meant to be there during the younger years to make sure one’s family will be taken care of. And also stay away from bonds, she counseled-they are no good if interest rates go down-and buy stocks only if you can be in the market for the long term.
Awards Ceremony
ASHA honored the nine individuals receiving Association Honors, the awards for highest achievement and excellence, as well as the 27 Fellows, and recipients of other awards (see complete coverage in The ASHA Leader, Nov. 2), including the Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Service Award, Dorothy Dreyer Award for Volunteerism, Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs, Editors’ Awards, Media Awards, and NSSLHA Honors.
Annie Glenn was at ASHA’s Awards Ceremony to personally present the 2004 Annie Glenn award. Glenn’s husband, former astronaut and senator John Glenn (D-OH) introduced his wife and related how she, a person who has stuttered throughout her life, successfully completed a program at Hollins College and became an effective communicator and a tireless advocate for people with communication disorders. The recipient of the annual award is a person who best exemplifies Glenn’s spirit and determination, and who like Glenn is a role model for other persons with communication disorders. Annie Glenn praised the work of speech-language pathologists and audiologists and introduced the recipient of this year’s award, actress and author Jane Seymour, best known for her role as Dr. Michaela Quinn on TV’s “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Women,” received the Annie Glenn award.
A mother of six, Seymour is an advocate for several children’s charities, including Childhelp USA, UNICEF, City Hearts, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, that seek to improve children’s lives around the world. She has also appeared, with her six-year-old twins, in public service announcements on literacy on behalf of the Association of American Publishers.
Seymour discussed her personal experiences with speech-language pathologists-as a child she worked with a clinician to correct articulation problems and as an adult to lower the pitch of her voice. She also spoke of the experiences of other members of her family in overcoming communication disorders: her brother-in-law, the Shakespearean actor and voice-over artist Stacy Keach, who was born with a cleft palate; her sister who recovered from a brain aneurysm; and her son who overcame stuttering and reading problems. Seymour emphasized the benefit of challenges-stating that overcoming them may set one in a new direction and change ones life.
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