What’s New at ASHA 2017? The 2017 convention will include all the favorites from past years—enriching education sessions, a rousing opening plenary, the much-anticipated Awards Ceremony, an energy-filled Exhibit Hall, a memorable closing party and more. And some new features will help make your convention experience even smoother—and also embolden and empower you personally and ... Features
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Features  |   August 01, 2017
What’s New at ASHA 2017?
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Features   |   August 01, 2017
What’s New at ASHA 2017?
The ASHA Leader, August 2017, Vol. 22, 74-75. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC5.22082017.74
The ASHA Leader, August 2017, Vol. 22, 74-75. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC5.22082017.74
The 2017 convention will include all the favorites from past years—enriching education sessions, a rousing opening plenary, the much-anticipated Awards Ceremony, an energy-filled Exhibit Hall, a memorable closing party and more.
And some new features will help make your convention experience even smoother—and also embolden and empower you personally and professionally.
Navigate with improved app
An all-new and improved app will help you plan your schedule and navigate the convention. The app still has the searchable program, but also has an enhanced schedule-building function—so anything you save in the online Program Planner will be viewable in the app on your smartphone or tablet.
Other features include access to advance handouts and slides (if shared by presenters), space to take notes, floor plans with a location finder, and social media feeds. With this one-stop planning tool, you can have your schedule with you at all times. ASHA Convention is available for Android and iOS.
Schedule yourself, concierge-style
Want to customize your convention learning path? The Concierge Learning Center can help you schedule your time.
Whether you’re looking for a single focus, hoping to discover a fresh perspective, or just plain overwhelmed by the more than 2,500 sessions at convention, visit the Concierge Learning Center for help creating a learning path that is meaningful to you and your professional needs.
At the Concierge Learning Center, knowledgeable ASHA staff help you identify sessions that fit your specific professional interests and goals. The online Program Planner is always available—in advance and onsite—but feel free to consult the Concierge Learning Center team to create a customized schedule of sessions focusing on the topics or issues that interest you most.
The center will be staffed with ASHA experts from a variety of areas: speech-language pathology and audiology practice, professional development, multicultural affairs, policy and reimbursement, and more. In addition to helping you customize your learning time, they will also suggest additional resources to investigate later: key ASHA web pages, publications, CEU courses, or other conferences and workshops to extend your learning experience beyond Los Angeles.
The Concierge Learning Center is the place to ask any question about a professional topic or to have a focused discussion with our staff experts. You’ll find this new center adjacent to the registration desks.
Get your mojo working
The education sessions offered at the ASHA Convention help you improve your clinical skills and expand your professional knowledge base. At ASHA’s new Empowerment Zone, you can identify and sharpen your public speaking, media, advocacy, leadership and other skills to operate more effectively in your personal and professional life.
In the Empowerment Zone, you can:
  • Learn how to advocate more effectively: on behalf of your clients, students or colleagues, and on political and social issues.

  • Get tips on how to speak out on issues you care about in your life outside work.

  • Learn how to present yourself as a subject-matter expert to media outlets.

  • Identify the skills you need to advance in your work setting.

  • Get public-speaking tips.

  • Explore the Advocacy Style test (Do you prefer individual action—like writing an email or making a phone call—or do you want to join up with a friend or a group to visit a legislator?).

  • Receive advice on networking and telling your story.

  • Learn how to identify and develop a personal brand.

  • Identify resources to help you find your voice in a way that is productive and that suits your personality.

ASHA staff and volunteers from throughout the national office will help you rise to the challenge and find a way to make a meaningful difference in a way that feels right to you. They will help filter and elevate the issues you care about most and show you ways to increase the impact of your message.
Come tell your story, share what you care about, channel your passion and find your own path to action.
Early L.A. fun
Join in one of several just-for-fun activities on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 1:30–5 p.m. These ticketed events are designed for convention-goers who arrive early and are looking for quintessential L.A. activities.
  • Take a cooking class with a chef who has prepared food for the Emmys and Grammys.

  • Hike from the Griffith Observatory to the famous Hollywood sign with a guide (transportation provided).

  • Bring your camera and comfortable walking shoes for a guided photography tour of downtown L.A.

  • Sharpen your taste buds at a wine-and-cheese class.

  • Join a TMZ tour and be a paparazzo for the afternoon.

  • Relax and de-stress after a long flight with a yoga and mindfulness class.

  • Join a small group of enthusiastic singers for tips from a local voice coach.

Purchase tickets on your convention registration form.
“Talking Black in America” movie premiere
ASHA is hosting the West Coast premiere of “Talking Black in America: The Story of African American Language”—the first film devoted to African American speech.
This special screening event, hosted by ASHA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Special Interest Group 14, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, will take place at the annual MC2 (Multicultural Collective Concerns) event on Thursday, Nov. 9.
This event offers a unique opportunity to gain insight into the history of African American English and its cultural impact. Executive producer and famed sociolinguist Walt Wolfram will be available after the movie for a question-and-answer session.
“Talking Black in America,” co-produced and directed by Emmy-award winners Neal Hutcheson and Danica Cullinan, was produced by North Carolina State University’s Language and Life Project, which Wolfram founded and directs. This documentary is the first to portray the most controversial and misunderstood language variety in the history of American English.
According to the Language and Life Project, the documentary is built around the comments and activities of everyday speakers and performers reflecting real-world experiences, curated alongside the observations of linguists, historians and educators. It showcases the development and changing role of language in the lives of African Americans, as well as the impact it has had on speech and culture in the United States and beyond. It confronts persistent stereotypes and prejudices about African American language and positions it solidly as an integral part of the cultural legacy of all Americans.
The screening is open to all who are interested. Information about time and location will be available onsite.
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