App it Up in the City of Stars Mobile apps can help you make the most of your trip to convention in Los Angeles. App-titude
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App it Up in the City of Stars
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  • Sean Sweeney, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP, is an SLP and technology specialist working in private practice at the Ely Center in Needham, Mass., and consults to local and national organizations on technology integration in speech and language interventions. His blog, SpeechTechie, looks at technology “through a language lens.” sean@speechtechie.com
    Sean Sweeney, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP, is an SLP and technology specialist working in private practice at the Ely Center in Needham, Mass., and consults to local and national organizations on technology integration in speech and language interventions. His blog, SpeechTechie, looks at technology “through a language lens.” sean@speechtechie.com×
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App-titude   |   July 01, 2017
App it Up in the City of Stars
The ASHA Leader, July 2017, Vol. 22, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.APP.22072017.np
The ASHA Leader, July 2017, Vol. 22, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.APP.22072017.np
This year’s ASHA Convention will leave you star-struck. Los Angeles is truly dazzling, but, given its sprawl, navigating the city can be a bit mind-boggling. Apps can help tame the scale and provide you with tools for traveling and learning.
Celestial navigation
Los Angeles is almost as famous for its cars as its stars. Given the spread of the city and some limits to its public transportation, you’ll likely find yourself traveling via automobile. As in many locales, Uber and Lyft provide ride service to and from the airport and everyplace else. From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you’ll be able to indicate your pickup zone (from the departures, not arrivals level) after you have grabbed any bags. If you are renting a car or driving about town yourself, Waze is indispensable for avoiding the infamous traffic snags. Also check out ParkMe (available for free for iOS, and Android) for real-time guidance on available spots and garages. To quote Cher from “Clueless,” why learn to park when “everywhere you go has valet?”
Driving isn’t your only option, however. The Los Angeles Convention Center is just a block from LA’s Metro, and you can learn the lines via the Go Metro Los Angeles app. For walks, related to fame or not, CityMaps2Go has free downloadable city maps that are accessible offline (for iOS and Android).
Give it five stars
When you are ready for your “half double-decaffeinated half-caf, with a twist of lemon” (as Steve Martin’s character Harris Telemacher famously ordered in the movie “L.A. Story”), you have many options for staking out your food and beverages.
Eateries in Los Angeles take reservations from Resy or Open Table, which comes in handy for making dinner plans with friends in the convention center’s exhibit hall. Possible celebrity sighting while out on the town? Check the Internet movie database app IMDB to see if that’s so-and-so from that show you like.
Bust the blocks
With luck, you’ll find time to step out of the convention center into the inevitable Southern California sunshine. There are actually more hills around Los Angeles than there are in its Hollywood Hills neighborhood, and their tops offer some glorious views. In the mood for walking? The free resource Alltrails will help you pick a walking or hiking trail. Ready for some beach time? If you’re heading for Malibu, check the app Our Malibu Beaches (free for iOS and Android) for access points and stretches open to the public. There is “no such thing as an all-private beach in California,” notes the app developer.
TripAdvisor also provides a comprehensive overview of LA doings, including rave reviews of parks and tourist attractions. For special events in town, those in-the-know recommend the KCRW Radio app to point you toward music and arts happenings. 5 Every Day is a lovingly curated list of daily “wonderful things” happening in LA, so you can be sure to make your trip memorable.
And don’t forget those trip-planner classics: Kayak provides a comprehensive travel search engine, and TripIt uses your reservation confirmations to pull together your itinerary. Once you’re onsite, Google Docs and Evernote are trusty ways to take electronic notes—add photos if you like and share with others. Adobe Acrobat Reader’s apps (free for iOS and Android) provide the easiest way to annotate your handouts; a recent update allows you to scan any materials you’d like to save—no paper required!
Finally, remember to follow all the latest convention news via Twitter and Instagram (@ashaweb for both) as well!
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