Message from Mary Casper, Convention Co-Chair for Speech-Language Pathology and Anita Vereb, Convention Co-Chair for Audiology

Mary and AnitaFocus on the Big Picture   

Mark your calendars right now for the 2017 ASHA Convention in the "City of Angels," Los Angeles, California, November 9–11, 2017! The Convention Program Committee (CPC) has already been hard at work implementing our guiding principles of communication, collaboration, diversity, and fun to create a strong Convention program. This year's Convention will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in the thriving L.A. Live area of Downtown Los Angeles—close to the iconic Hollywood sign, several major film studios, Hollywood Boulevard, and the TCL Chinese Theatre on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Convention Program Committee looks forward to welcoming you in L.A. This year's theme, Focus on the Big Picture, will challenge all of us to broaden our perspective as it relates to our professional practice as well as our daily lives. The theme resonates in different ways with all of us. For some, the big picture means focusing on creative ways to better meet the needs of the individuals we serve beyond the four walls of the clinic, lab, or classroom. To others, the big picture means interprofessional collaborative practice—where we learn about, from, and with each other to improve outcomes for individuals and families. Or, perhaps the big picture is about achieving a healthy balance between professional and personal life—and encouraging the individuals and families we serve to do the same. In some instances, the big picture evokes thoughts of career goals, leadership development, or advocacy for our profession. As professionals, we serve diverse individuals across the life span, so the big picture challenges us to focus on the whole person and not just on the disorder. 

The CPC invites you to share how the big picture resonates with YOU in YOUR daily life and practice during the 2017 Call for Papers. We are especially looking for submissions on new and innovative service delivery options as well as proposals that include collaboration with others outside our profession to improve education, research and practice, illustrating successful big-picture thinking in actions and outcomes. Research continues to be infused into each topic area further, promoting big-picture thinking as research informs training and practice and vice versa. Please review all of the topic descriptions carefully—whether in the categories of Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or General Interest—to determine the best fit for your submission. 

The CPC is also working diligently to develop invited sessions covering the breadth and depth of attendees' interests, employment settings, and experiences. The 2017 ASHA Convention will continue to feature a variety of session formats, including Flash Sessions (previously known as Technical Clinical Sessions and Technical Research Sessions), 1- and 2-Hour Oral Presentations, and Poster Presentations. Short Courses in 2017 will be available only as an invited session format and are no longer a submission option in the Call for Papers. Students, clinicians, administrators, researchers, and related professionals are all invited to submit proposals to the Call for Papers as we create our "Big Picture" program for this year.

The 2017 ASHA Convention will be rolling out the red carpet in Los Angeles for all of you. We anticipate an excellent program that allows every participant to Focus on the Big Picture. Please join us!

Warmest regards from your 2017 Convention Co-Chairs, 

2017 Mary Lee Casper - signature

2017 Anita Vereb - signature

Mary Casper, MA, CCC-SLP
Anita Vereb, PhD, CCC-A