Beacons of Inspiration: Innovation To Action The theme of the 2011 ASHA Convention, “Beacons of Inspiration: Innovation to Action,” spotlights the contributions of thousands of members who investigate disorders, research interventions, and translate that information into successful treatments for those with communication disorders. And what better place to explore and celebrate these “beacons” than in San ... ASHA Convention Coverage
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ASHA Convention Coverage  |   September 01, 2011
Beacons of Inspiration: Innovation To Action
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ASHA Convention Coverage   |   September 01, 2011
Beacons of Inspiration: Innovation To Action
The ASHA Leader, September 2011, Vol. 16, 19. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC1.16092011.19
The ASHA Leader, September 2011, Vol. 16, 19. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC1.16092011.19
The theme of the 2011 ASHA Convention, “Beacons of Inspiration: Innovation to Action,” spotlights the contributions of thousands of members who investigate disorders, research interventions, and translate that information into successful treatments for those with communication disorders.
And what better place to explore and celebrate these “beacons” than in San Diego, home of the Point Loma Lighthouse, an iconic landmark that stands tall on the coastline, shining its spotlight on the city and the sea? The history of the lighthouse is one of inspiration, innovation, and action, as are the stories of ASHA members—the work they do and the individuals they serve.
More than 12,000 communication sciences and disorders professionals—researchers, academicians, clinicians from all work settings, and students—are expected to take part in an innovative three-day program that promises inspiration for all.
At the heart of the ASHA Convention, based at the San Diego Convention Center, are myriad learning opportunities: cutting-edge research; practical clinical applications; and new developments in speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech, language, and hearing science. More than 1,800 sessions—ranging in scope 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, exhibitor sessions, and poster sessions.
New this year are the premier sessions. Developed by the Convention co-chairs, these sessions focus on cross-disciplinary concerns and issues of broad interest to the professions.
Beyond educational offerings, participants will find so much more: an opening session with dynamic speaker Jill Bolte Taylor, a first-time welcome reception to complement the fabulous closing party, the exciting awards ceremony, an Exhibit Hall with a vast array of products and services, the Career Fair with employers from all different work settings, the Graduate School Fair with information about master’s and doctoral programs in communication sciences and disorders, and many other special events.
Beyond the convention center, an amazing city awaits Convention participants. Rich with history and alive with culture and excitement, San Diego is home to museums, fabulous restaurants, and great shopping.
The following pages offer information on Convention activities and events, as well as valuable pre-Convention guidance on hotels, exhibitors, planning a personal Convention schedule, and securing employer support for Convention attendance.
More information and details on all aspects of the Convention—the educational program, registration, networking and social events, hotel reservations, CEUs, and so much more—is available at ASHA’s Convention web page.
We look forward to seeing you in San Diego at ASHA 2011!
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