Network and Connect
The ASHA convention provides unique opportunities to connect with old and new colleagues and peers at special gatherings and receptions. Join in the fun at these great events!
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 5–6:30 p.m. (Location to be announced)
We encourage new attendees to come to this popular gathering to learn about the ASHA convention and to preview programs and activities slated for the next three days. You'll have an opportunity to meet ASHA President Patty Prelock and Convention Co-Chairs Donise Pearson and Colleen O'Rourke, as well as other ASHA representatives. Light refreshments will be served.
Thursday, Nov. 14, 5–6:30 p.m. McCormick Place, Exhibit Hall
Join us in the exhibit hall Thursday evening to catch up with friends and colleagues and mingle with exhibitors. This reception provides dedicated time to check out the exhibiting companies, socialize and network, all while recharging your battery with light snacks and a cash bar before heading to the Twilight Sessions. The welcome reception is open to all fully registered attendees; guest tickets are available so friends and family can join the fun.
ASHA Closing Party
Saturday, Nov. 16, 6–8 p.m. (Location to be announced)
What would an ASHA convention be without Saturday evening's fantastic finale? The popular closing party returns this year to cap three days of outstanding professional development, productive visits with companies in the exhibit hall, and memorable special events. Enjoy tasty food and a cash bar—with friends old and new—at an exciting, soon-to-be-announced Chicago venue. Space is limited, so reserve tickets early when you register for the convention.
No Vision Is No Problem for 'Annie' Recipient
Erik Weihenmayer can't see, but he is a world-renowned outdoor
adventurer whose vision includes helping people with
Weihenmayer, a blind outdoor-adventure athlete who has scaled
the highest peak on each of the seven continents-including Mt.
Everest, the world's highest peak-will receive ASHA's 2012 Annie
ASHA's highest honor is named for the wife of Sen. John Glenn,
who overcame a severe stutter and is widely known for her advocacy
for people with communication disorders. The "Annie" recognizes
individuals who demonstrate her spirit.
Weihenmayer, who lost his vision at age 13, is a former middle
school teacher and wrestling coach. In addition to conquering the
world's highest peaks, he climbed an 800-foot rock tower in Moab,
Utah, with Mark Wellman, the first paraplegic to climb the
3,000-foot face of El Capitan, and Hugh Herr, a double-leg amputee
and scientist at Harvard's prosthetics laboratory. The three
subsequently formed No Barriers, a nonprofit organization that
promotes innovative approaches and assistive technologies that help
people with disabilities push through real or perceived barriers.
Weihenmayer also serves as a National Braille Literacy Champion for
the American Foundation for the Blind.
"Erik Weihenmayer demonstrates that perfect eyesight isn't
necessary to have extraordinary vision," says ASHA President Patty
Prelock. "He is dedicated to living without limitations-and to
using what others might consider a weakness or disability as the
source of strength and innovation. He clearly embodies the spirit
of the 'Annie,' and ASHA is honored to present it to him."
The author of the memoir "Touch the Top of the World" and
co-author of "The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles
Into Everyday Greatness," Weihenmayer also appears in "Farther Than
the Eye Can See," a documentary of his Everest climb.
Look for more about the 2013 "Annie" award winner in future
issues of the Leader.
New and Noteworthy at Convention
This year's convention features some new developments and
unusual happenings, from new educational opportunities, to more
ways to connect with colleagues, to icy treats.
Limited free wireless Internet service, provided by McCormick
Place, is available in various public areas of the convention
center. That's right-you can check your e-mail, access the Web and
perform other low-bandwidth functions with your smartphone, laptop
or tablet between sessions.
Clinical technical sessions.
This new format-the sister program to the technical research
sessions-consists of a 20-minute oral presentation focused on the
technical aspects of a particular diagnostic or treatment strategy,
followed by a Q&A. Developed as "how-to" programs, they
emphasize the applied, clinical aspects of the professions.
Record-breaking proposal numbers. When we say record-breaking,
we mean it-submissions were up by nearly 30 percent! Audiology saw
the largest gain with a staggering 75 percent increase. This
convention's program will be better than ever, reflecting current
trends in the professions with high-quality education sessions and
more poster sessions.
Hotel reservations and shuttle bus passes.
Be sure to use the ASHA housing service to make your reservation, which
includes a free shuttle bus pass. This year you'll need to present
a shuttle pass to board the buses, which is a great incentive to
book your room at an ASHA hotel. Shuttles will operate Wednesday
through Saturday to make travel to and from McCormick Place
convenient and easy for ASHA convention attendees who are staying
within the ASHA block of hotels. We take the stress out of
transportation while you get to sit, relax and squeeze in some
extra networking (or napping) time!
Don't miss the keynote address at the Opening General Session by
the celebrated partnership of Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben
& Jerry's ice cream fame-followed by free samples!-or Friday's
Awards Ceremony, where we celebrate outstanding ASHA members'
contributions to the professions. Help welcome our special guests,
Sen. John Glenn and Annie Glenn, who-in addition to presenting the
Annie Award to Erik Weihenmayer are celebrating their
70th wedding anniversary this year!