American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Speaker Disclosures at the Start of Your Oral Seminar or Poster Session

Congratulations on having your oral seminar or poster session accepted for presentation at the ASHA Convention. We have created a brief webinar about speaker disclosures to help guide you with disclosure statements for your presentation.

As you prepare your presentation, keep these principles in mind:

  1. Course content and presentation must focus on the science and/or contemporary practice of audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech, language, and hearing sciences, not on the sale or promotion of products or services. Presenters should not attempt to persuade learners to favor, use, promote, or purchase a particular product, equipment, device, or service.
  2. Each presenter is required to make a disclosure statement about his or her financial relationships and non-financial relationships or lack thereof to the course content presented. Every presenter must make a verbal statement and provide the statement in a written format either on the first slide, on your poster board, or in a handout. Below are definitions of financial and non-financial relationships. We have also provided sample verbal and written disclosure statements. Additional information and resources for presenters are also available.

Definitions

Financial relationships are those relationships through which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, gift, speaking fee, consulting fee, honorarium, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options, or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial relationships can also include "contracted research" in which the institution obtains the grant and manages the funds and the individual serves as the principal or named investigator.

Nonfinancial relationships are those relationships—including personal, professional, political, institutional, religious, or other—that might bias an individual. For example:

  • Personal—the individual has a friend in the company whose products the presenter is discussing; the individual has a family member or friend with a disorder covered by the course presented.
  • Professional—the presenter belongs to an association or group whose services are disscussed in the presentation; the presenter has a professional bias about a way to deliver a particular service; he or she is employed by or serves in a leadership role for ASHA or another professional organization.
  • Political—the presenter is biased about a topic (e.g., health care reform), and that bias reflected the position of a particular political party on the issue.
  • Institutional—the presenter is affiliated with an institution or organization (e.g., serves on a committee or board of that organization); the presenter belongs to and/or financially supports the organization's causes.
  • Religious—a bias that is based on religious tenets (e.g., the presenter is biased in favor of service delivery at end of life based on his or her religious beliefs).

Speaker/Presenter Disclosure Samples

Spoken Announcement

Relevant financial relationship(s) and nonfinancial relationship(s)

Good morning. My name is Dr. Watt, and I am here to discuss cognitive rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury. I am the author of the book, Management of Closed Head Injury, and the test, Assessment of Language Skills in Head-Injured Patients. Many of the concepts I'm presenting today are from my book and test. I do benefit financially from royalty payments from the sale of these products. I'm also a member of the board of directors for the Association for Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist; however, I do not receive compensation for this role.

Relevant financial relationship(s), no relevant nonfinancial relationship(s)

Good morning. My name is Dr. Watt, and I am here to discuss cognitive rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury. I am the author of the book, Management of Closed Head Injury, and the test, Assessment of Language Skills in Head-Injured Patients. Many of the concepts I'm presenting today are from my book and test. I do benefit financially from royalty payments from the sale of these products. I have no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

No relevant financial relationship(s), relevant nonfinancial relationship(s)

Good morning. My name is Dr. Watt, and I am here to discuss cognitive rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury. I am the author of the book, Management of Closed Head Injury, and the test, Assessment of Language Skills in Head-Injured Patients. Many of the concepts I'm presenting today are from my book and test. My university holds the copyright to the book and the test, and I receive no financial benefit from the sale of the book or test. I have no other relevant financial relationships to disclose. However, I do have a nonfinancial relationship to disclose. I'm a member of the board of directors for the Association for Traumatic Brain Injury Specialists. I do not receive compensation for this role.

No relevant financial relationship(s) or nonfinancial relationship(s)

My name is James Booker, and I'm speaking on Social Media and Continuing Education. I work for Hearing Health Education. I have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Disclosing on a Slide

Relevant financial relationship(s) and relevant nonfinancial relationship(s)

I have relevant relationships in the products or services described, reviewed, evaluated or compared in this presentation.

  • Name of organization or products/services
    • Description of financial relationship(s) (not amount), such as ownership interest, employee, owner of all or part of a licensed patent or copyright, recipient of a scholarship/grant, financial compensation, etc.
  • Name of organization or products/services
    • Description of nonfinancial relationship(s) (not amount), such as ongoing relationship, recipient of in-kind support, family member is employee, etc.

Relevant financial relationship(s), no relevant nonfinancial relationship(s)

I have relevant financial relationship(s) with the products or services described, reviewed, evaluated, or compared in this presentation.

  • Name of organization or products/services
    • Description of financial relationship(s) (not amount), such as ownership interest, employee, owner of all or part of a licensed patent or copyright, recipient of scholarship/grant, financial compensation, etc.
  • I have no relevant nonfinancial relationship(s) to disclose.

No relevant financial relationship(s), relevant nonfinancial relationship(s)

I have no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose.

I have relevant nonfinancial relationship(s) with the products or services described, reviewed, evaluated or compared in this presentation.

  • Name of organization or products/services
    • Description of nonfinancial relationship(s) (not amount), such as ownership interest, employee, owner of all or part of a licensed patent or copyright, recipient of a scholarship/grant, financial compensation, etc.

No relevant financial relationship(s) or nonfinancial relationship(s)

I have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationship(s) within the products or services described, reviewed, evaluated or compared in this presentation.

Written Statement (in handouts or course materials)

Relevant financial relationship(s) and nonfinancial relationship(s)

Dr. Watt, author of Cognitive Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury, is employed by the University of Malibu Health Science Center.

Disclosure:

Financial—Author for ABC SLP Publishers, but receives royalty payments.

Nonfinancial—Member, board of directors, Association for Traumatic Brain Injury Specialists, but receives no compensation.

Relevant financial relationship(s), no relevant nonfinancial relationship(s)

Dr. Watt, author of Cognitive Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury, is employed by the University of Malibu Health Science Center.

Disclosure:

Financial—Author for ABC SLP Publishers, but receives royalty payments.

Nonfinancial—No relevant nonfinancial relationship.

No relevant financial relationship(s), relevant nonfinancial relationship(s)

Dr. Watt, author of Cognitive Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury, employed by the University of Malibu Health Science Center.

Disclosure:

Financial—No relevant financial relationship.

Nonfinancial—Member, board of directors, Association for Traumatic Brain Injury Specialists, but receives no compensation.

No relevant financial relationship(s) or nonfinancial relationship(s)

Dr. Watt, author of Cognitive Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury, is employed by the University of Malibu Health Science Center.

Disclosure:

Dr. Watt has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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