American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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 Orlando.

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 and receptions will be available in late October.

Auxiliary Sessions
The ASHA Convention allows a forum for ASHA committees, boards, and councils to deliver informative presentations related to their work, such as updates on policies or processes that affect members. Auxiliary sessions are not intended to be promotional or recruitment opportunities for volunteer positions. These sessions are open to all registered Convention attendees and ASHA CEUs are not awarded for participation. View the schedule and descriptions of the Auxiliary Sessions offered this year.

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 19

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 Sessions

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Orange County Convention Center, Various Rooms

The Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA) is sponsoring several CEU-eligible workshops on Wednesday afternoon. Choose from one of the three sessions offered and extend your learning at the ASHA Convention. Tickets (additional fee) for the pre-Convention sessions may be purchased when registering for the Convention. You may still purchase tickets to attend the pre-Convention sessions even if you do not plan to attend the Convention.

First-Timers' Orientation

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Convention Level, Ballroom H

Is the 2014 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 Elizabeth McCrea and Convention Co-Chairs Jaynee Handelsman and Lynn Williams, as well as other ASHA representatives. Enjoy light refreshments.

ASHA-PAC Reception

(Ticketed; suggested contribution of $50)
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
minus5° Ice Bar (Offsite)
9101 International Drive, Suite 1198

ASHA members are invited to spend a cool evening with the ASHA-PAC Board at minus5° Ice Bar on Wednesday evening. Everything inside minus5° is made of ice; the walls, the bar, the seats, and even the cocktail glasses! You'll be kitted out with gloves and a warm parka or faux fur coat, and then transported into a winter wonderland of interactive ice architecture while sipping the coolest cocktails from glasses made entirely of ice. The temperature is controlled and designed to provide a refreshing experience as you explore the different ice sculptures and themed ice rooms while an exciting LED light show and upbeat music plays. Complimentary cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Minus5° Ice Bar is located a just a 5-minute walk from the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

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. Tickets are available through registration only to ASHA members for a suggested $50 contribution*; additional tickets may be purchased at the door.

Thursday, November 20

Opening General Session

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Orange County Convention Center, Level 2, Hall WD2

The Opening General Session begins the ASHA Convention on Thursday morning and features energizing addresses by the ASHA President, Convention Co-Chairs and special keynote speakers, Harry Belafonte, his daughter Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer, and granddaughter Rachel Blue Biesemeyer.

Welcome Reception

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Orange County Convention Center, Level 2, Hall WB1-4

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.

ASHFoundation Fundraiser Reception

($75; Ticketed)
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar (Offsite)
9101 International Drive

Orlando...with a Latin twist! This year's fundraiser reception will be hot, hot, hot! Experience the sizzling side of Orlando and come to Havana, circa 1950s, with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.

The ASHFoundation's fundraising reception at the Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar, located nearby the Orange County Convention Center and hotels, features a cuisine full of color, aroma and style, the beat of Latin music, signature mojitos, and ambience that captures the essence of old Cuba.

Two-time James Beard Award Chef Guillermo Pernot, a nationally-renowned chef and restaurateur, has put together a contemporary interpretation of traditional Cuban cuisine, complimented by a broad base of authentic Cuban cocktails. His culinary style is passionate, flavorful, and true. Come have fun with the ASHFoundation and support a wonderful cause that advances the speech and hearing professions.

Tickets are $75 (non-refundable) and may be purchased through registration. Proceeds support ASHFoundation research and scholarship programs.

ASHA's 2014 Annual International Reception

7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Mezzanine Level, Challenger 41 & 42

Welcome international participants! Please join ASHA's International Reception and enjoy networking and mingling with your colleagues from around the world. Our ASHA leadership and international staff look forward to meeting with you. Cash bar. No RSVP needed.

Friday, November 21

ASHA Awards Ceremony

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Orange County Convention Center, Level 2, Hall WD2

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. The Annie Glenn Award will be presented to Bill and Willie Geist.

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 22

ASHA Closing Party

(Tickets are SOLD OUT)
7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™

Get ready for one of the most incredible parties ASHA has ever thrown because we've reserved The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal's Islands of Adventure® theme park just for you! All evening long, you'll have unlimited access to some of the most amazing theme park rides and attractions in Orlando.

Only here can you soar above the Hogwarts™ grounds as you join Harry Potter™ and his friends on the groundbreaking thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™. Climb aboard Dragon Challenge™, twin roller coasters that engage in a high-speed chase across the sky, or Flight of the Hippogriff™, a smaller coaster that takes you on a fun ride past Hagrid's hut. Plus, you can explore Hogsmeade™ and visit some of the wizarding world's best-known establishments.

During the event you'll enjoy light snacks and beverages and exlusive access to rides. It's an entire evening of magic and excitement just for ASHA attendees!

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Transportation for the Closing Party

Shuttles will transport Closing Party ticketholders from the ASHA hotels to Universal Orlando® and back per the routes and boarding locations on the shuttle schedule [PDF]. All passengers must have their wristbands to board the buses and attend the event. Tickets must be exchanged for wristbands at the ASHA Member Services Center by 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 22.

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.

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