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Convention Activities and Events

Schedule at a Glance
The Schedule at a Glance provides a helpful overview of what's happening each day during the ASHA Convention in Philadelphia.

A number of ASHA board, committee and council meetings, affiliate meetings, and Open Houses and receptions are held during the ASHA Convention. The schedule of meetings will be available in late October.

Various themed lounges will be located in the Exhibit Hall and the Poster Hall. Plan to stop by the lounges to chat with ASHA staff and volunteer leaders or use them to rest and relax between visiting with exhibitors or viewing posters.

Wednesday, November 16

Pre-Convention events on Wednesday provide the opportunity to earn additional CEUs through special symposia or workshops. Social activities will also be offered, including the First-Timers' Orientation and the popular Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Tickets for these events are available through registration (some activities may carry an additional fee).

Pre-Convention Workshops

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Several CEU-eligible workshops are offered on Wednesday afternoon. Choose one of the workshops to extend your learning at the ASHA Convention. Tickets (additional fee) for the pre-Convention workshops may be purchased when registering for the Convention. You may still purchase tickets to attend the pre-Convention workshops even if you do not plan to attend the Convention. Read more about the pre-Convention workshops.

First-Timers' Welcome

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Is the 2016 Convention your first? Come to this popular gathering to learn about the Convention and to preview programs and activities slated for the next three days. You'll have an opportunity to meet ASHA President Jaynee Handelsman and Convention Co-Chairs Michael Flahive and Tucker Gleason, as well as other ASHA representatives. Enjoy light refreshments.

ASHA-PAC Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

ASHA members are invited to spend the evening with the ASHA-PAC Board! This special event benefits the ASHA Political Action Committee, which serves as the political voice of the audiology and speech-language pathology professions on Capitol Hill. Information about the location and how to reserve tickets will be available when registration opens;* additional tickets may be purchased at the door.

Thursday, November 17

Opening General Session

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The Opening General Session begins the ASHA Convention on Thursday morning and features energizing addresses by the ASHA President, Convention Co-Chairs, and a special keynote speaker (TBA).

Welcome Reception

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Join us in the exhibit hall on Thursday evening to catch up with friends and colleagues, and mingle with exhibitors. This upbeat 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 you head 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.

Friday, November 18

ASHA Awards Ceremony

6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The ASHA Awards Ceremony celebrates the highest achievements and excellence in the professions. Presentations will be made to recipients of the Honors of the Association, ASHA's most prestigious award which recognizes lifetime achievement, and to ASHA Fellows, whose contributions are the cornerstones of the professions. Additional awards will be given honoring members who have also contributed to the professions and Association.

Open Houses

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Various locations TBA

A number of universities and affiliated organizations hold Open Houses following the Awards Ceremony on Friday evening. A schedule of the Open Houses will be available in early November.

Saturday, November 19

ASHA Closing Party

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The ASHA Convention will conclude with a fun party where you can relax and celebrate another great year with friends and colleagues. A location and information about how to reserve tickets will be announced when registration opens.

Request Function Space at the ASHA Convention

Exhibitors, affiliate groups and organizations, and universities or academic programs may request function space to hold a meeting, reception, Open House or other event during the ASHA Convention. Requests are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows. Learn more about the function space guidelines and request process.

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*All proceeds benefit ASHA's Political Action Committee, ASHA-PAC, which provides financial support to candidates for U.S. Congress that recognize the importance of audiologists and speech-language pathologists and who demonstrate concern for the rights of all citizens to receive these services. ASHA-PAC can only accept contributions from ASHA members and staff. ASHA members may contribute additional funds to bring a guest to this event.

Contributions to ASHA-PAC are not deductible for federal tax purposes. All contributions to ASHA-PAC are voluntary and you have a right to refuse without reprisal. The proposed contribution amounts are only suggestions and more or less may be given. The amount given by the contributor, or the refusal to give, will not benefit or disadvantage the person being solicited. Federal law requires ASHA-PAC to report the full name, address, occupation, and employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 per year. Federal law prohibits corporate contributions.