Volunteer Travel for ASHA Business
Updated March 19, 2020
All face-to-face committee, board, and council meetings scheduled at the ASHA national office through April 30, 2020 have been cancelled. Ex officios are working with volunteer leaders to determine options for conducting meetings virtually or rescheduling. This decision was carefully considered and made in light of the growing number of travel bans and advisories being enacted by employers, universities, government agencies and others, upon the guidance of trusted sources such as NIH, CDC, state health departments, etc., as well as in consideration of prohibitions or advisories by such trusted sources against large in-person gatherings.
ASHA volunteers scheduled to travel are being asked to cancel their travel arrangements with ATC. please let them know your cancelation is due to the COVID-19 situation. ASHA staff will make the necessary hotel cancellations.
ATC'S number is 1-800-458-9383 (their hours are 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET, Monday–Friday)
ATC’S email is
firstname.lastname@example.org; emails should include an attachment with the travel confirmation received from ATC.
If you are traveling to the ASHA National Office or on ASHA’s behalf and have specific questions or concerns, contact your ex officio or staff liaison. Ultimately the decision to travel or participate in scheduled, in-person activities is up to the individual and should be based on personal and professional assessment of risk regarding participation in activities on ASHA’s behalf.
You may need to consider limitations or guidelines in place by your employer, local, state or federal authorities, ASHA’s Travel Policies, and other information and options available to you to make your best decision about participation or travel. Alternative methods for participation in activities –e.g. webinars, teleconferencing, conference calls, etc., will vary depending on the type of activity and the type of participation required. If you determine that you are unable to travel, please provide as much advance notice as possible to modify travel or hotel reservations, and explore alternative participation, or make arrangements for others to manage the activity in your absence.
As always, ASHA staff will work to support, to the best of our ability, any volunteer traveler dealing with unexpected situations that may arise while at, or in service to, ASHA.