Virtual Connections Go Live at Convention
Bring your online networking to real time at the 2013 ASHA
Convention, where attendees can use social media to keep up with convention
happenings and meet virtual contacts face to face.
Convention organizers will use social media to share
updates, spread the world about social media activities, and facilitate
communication among attendees. Allison Bland, ASHA’s online community and
social media manager, will be in Chicago to help with social media during the
event and demonstrate the new ASHA Community Mobile App.
Search Twitter for #asha13, the event hashtag, for all
convention-related tweets from ASHA and your colleagues. Follow @ashaconv on
Twitter to receive important convention updates and to learn about social media
activities taking place at convention.
You can also connect with ASHA and other professional
colleagues on Facebook, Pinterest and the ASHA Community at
convention and throughout the rest of the year.
Everyone is welcome to attend the fourth annual Tweet Up and
App-y Hour on Fri., Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. in the Leader Lounge (Convention Center
Hall A2). At this event, you can try out the new ASHA Community mobile app and
connect with fellow slpeeps, audpeeps, slp2b, aud2b, ASHA staff and volunteer
ASHA encourages attendees to use social media and blogging
at the convention to summarize, highlight and promote presentations or to share
their thoughts on their experience in general, provided that presentation
content and materials are not shared in full and authors or presenters are
referenced and cited where appropriate.
Did You Know?
- ASHA’s new Practice Portal
offers one-stop access to resources to guide evidence-based decision-making on
clinical and professional issues.
- The membership database has a searchable list of ASHA and
NSSLHA members, with location, certification type and work setting information.
- You can find a wealth of research information on ASHA’s
website ranging from reports about awards, grants and
funding, to survey data about members in a variety of practice settings.
- You can search courses offering ASHA CEUs at Course Search—search by keyword, date, location or subject area.
- ASHAsphere, ASHA’s official blog,
features posts from a variety of authors, including communication sciences and
disorders professionals and ASHA staff.
Convention Highlights for Researchers
Among the opportunities for researchers at the 2013 ASHA
Convention are Research Roundtables and the Research Symposium. Both events are
open to all convention attendees; no separate tickets are required.
Research Roundtables (Fri., Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., McCormick Place S504). ASHA
invites early-career and experienced researchers to network and discuss
research career topics at the 16th annual Research Roundtables.
Researchers—including students interested in research careers, post-doctoral
fellows and junior faculty—can meet and learn from experienced researchers and
funding agency staff. Well-established researchers will lead discussions on
topics related to starting, maintaining and managing research careers.
Researchers at all career stages will find topics of interest, ranging from
pursuing a PhD, to securing research funding, to structuring a sabbatical.
Discussions on funding will be led by funded investigators and funding agency
Research Symposium (Sat., Nov. 16, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.). Experts
from a variety of disciplines will present their research on "The Genetic Basis of Speech, Language, Reading, Learning, and Memory." The symposium features
four sessions with opportunities for discussion among clinicians and investigators. The symposium, now in its 23rd year, is sponsored by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Convention attendees are welcome to attend all or some of the symposium sessions.
A list of additional convention sessions focused on research
career development is available. For more
information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Ethics Decision
The ASHA Board of Ethic has found the following certified
speech-language pathologist in violation of the Association’s Code of Ethics
Lydia D. Reid, Southwest Ranches, Fla.—By failing to
properly supervise and to effectively communicate with a clinical fellow and,
ultimately, not honoring her professional responsibility to the clinical fellow
she agreed to mentor, the respondent violated the following principles:
Principle of Ethics IV: Individuals shall honor their
responsibilities to the professions and their relationships with colleagues,
students, and members of other professions and disciplines.
Principle of Ethics IV, Rule A: Individuals shall uphold the
dignity and autonomy of the professions, maintain harmonious interprofessional
and intraprofessional relationships, and accept the professions’ self-imposed
The sanction imposed is censure.
September Access Audiology Focuses on Intellectual
Disabilities and Hearing Loss
The September issue of ASHA Access Audiology addresses the
effects of undetected and untreated hearing loss on people with intellectual
disabilities. The issue explores how it can interfere with cognitive
development, impede communicative and social interactions, and limit vocational
aspirations. Over the past decade, health professionals have evaluated the
hearing of 9,961 people with intellectual disabilities at Special Olympics
events worldwide. A striking 24 percent had hearing loss, most of which was
previously undetected, unaddressed or under-treated. Individuals with
intellectual disabilities should have annual audiological and medical
evaluations followed by immediate treatment as needed.
ASHA Access Audiology is a bimonthly clinical audiology
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Register for S.T.E.P. by Sept. 15 to Find a Mentor
For communication sciences and disorders students,
navigating school and trying to decide on a career path can be overwhelming.
Mentoring through ASHA’s Student to Empowered Professional program can help
them achieve educational and career goals.
S.T.E.P. offers students professional mentoring from an
audiologist or speech-language pathologist who can help provide career
Students may be working toward long-term or short-term
goals, and the program offers sessions to meet both needs. The six-month fall
session takes place October through April; the three-month winter session takes
place January through April.
Through the program, matched mentoring pairs communicate
regularly with each other, and they can access additional advice from other
students and mentors through the online S.T.E.P. Community. As participants
receive informal feedback and information from others in the program, they
expand their network and knowledge.
Registration for S.T.E.P. closes Sept. 15. Program
coordinators will match students with mentors. For more
See what the ASHA Board of Directors recently voted on [PDF].