Submissions Schools Connect. Health Care Connect. Private Practice Connect.

The 2017 Schools Connect, Health Care Connect, and Private Practice Connect Call for Papers is now closed. Acceptance/rejection notifications will go out on March 24, 2017.

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Now's your chance to present your ideas at Schools Connect, Health Care Connect, or Private Practice Connect! Be part of your conference by sharing a project or a clinical or business model with hundreds of engaged SLPs. As you prepare your proposal, be sure to review our step-by-step guide to the submission process. 

Oral Session Submissions (limited space)

Get the opportunity to present your ideas in one of 20 60-minute sessions. Specifically, we're looking for presentations that:

  • Focus on contemporary clinical or programmatic issues
  • Model good practices and evidence-based approaches
  • Integrate case studies, videos, and real-life experiences
  • Provide unique, functional takeaways that practitioners can apply the very next day
  • Stimulate new thinking

You must be available to present during a 60-minute oral session block on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, or Sunday morning (exact times to be announced).

Poster Submissions

Poster sessions are a structured yet informal way to share your work, get visibility for ideas, and stimulate discussions with colleagues. Ideally, posters will highlight:

  • Outcomes of clinical tools and programs
  • Innovative service delivery models
  • Interesting case studies
  • Interprofessional collaborations
  • Business solutions and efficiencies
  • Research results

You must be available to present during the 60-minute poster session on Saturday afternoon (exact times to be announced).

Call for Papers/Posters Agreement

By submitting a proposal to present at Schools Connect, Health Care Connect, or Private Practice Connect, you explicitly agree:

  • All authors participating in an oral presentation (presenting authors) shall register for the conference (for posters, at least one author must register and attend the conference)
  • To present in the time slot and format assigned by the program committee
  • If accepted, to adhere to the deadlines as detailed in the acceptance notification regarding additional information, presentation materials, etc.
  • To provide appropriate evidence to support any claims related to efficacy, validity, or reliability of approaches to assessment or treatment
  • To refrain from overt statements or pointed humor that disparages the rightful dignity and social equity of any person or group
  • To complete the required disclosures that identify any financial and nonfinancial relationships that may create a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest, as defined
    in ASHA's guidelines concerning transparency and disclosure
  • To update your disclosure information and inform ASHA if you develop or acquire a financial or nonfinancial interest related to the content of your presentation at any time before the conference
  • To present a slide at the beginning of your presentation that discloses the financial and nonfinancial relationships of each author of the session. If your contribution is a poster session, you will post your disclosure information on the poster board. View sample disclosures.
  • To refrain from attempting to persuade attendees to purchase or use a specific product, service, piece of equipment, or device
  • When discussing a specific product or service, to offer information on its theoretical framework, relevant evidence, and operational details; to disclose in advance if your presentation will not address the range of competing products or services; and to refrain from overt selling
  • That any research in which you participated and may be discussing in this presentation is in compliance with mandated national and institutional policies and procedures pertaining to animal and/or human subjects research
  • To comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and to ensure the privacy of patients/clients by refraining from using names, photographs, or other patient/client identifiers in your presentation(s) without the patient's/client's knowledge and written authorization.
  • To follow the guidelines for crediting authorship for research presentations as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. To obtain written permission from copyright holders for the use of any previously published material in your presentation or handouts
  • To grant ASHA permission to photograph you and publish the photograph(s) in ASHA publications and/or online

ASHA's acceptance of a proposal does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

Disclosure Policy

As part of ASHA's Continuing Education Board requirements, everyone submitting (or listed as an author on) an oral seminar or poster presentation for an ASHA event is required to complete a disclosure form indicating any financial and nonfinancial relationships related to the content of the proposed session. Read more about disclosure policy in the Frequently Asked Questions for Presenters.

ASHA's Continuing Education Board defines a conflict of interest as any financial or nonfinancial consideration or relationship relevant to course content that compromises or has the potential to compromise professional judgment. Providers of events approved for ASHA CEUs must identify and disclose to participants any such interest on the part of any speaker or instructor.

Please note that having a disclosable financial or nonfinancial relationship does not prevent you from speaking. Disclosing such relationships is intended to give attendees a more complete context in which to consider the information you provide. As a general guideline, err on the side of disclosure.

Refusal to disclose any financial or nonfinancial relationships disqualifies you from speaking at the conference.

If your presentation is accepted, the information you provide will be disclosed on the conference program planner website and mobile app. Note that for financial relationships, dollar amounts are not disclosed.

In addition, you will be expected to disclose relevant relationships on-site at the time of your presentation, both verbally and visually (view sample disclosure slides). We will provide additional guidelines for on-site disclosures after acceptance.

Relevant financial relationships are those in which you receive a financial benefit from a source related to the content of the course or presentation and include:

  • Salary
  • Royalty
  • Grant funding
  • Speaking fee
  • Consulting fee
  • Honorarium
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Gifts
  • In-kind services
  • Ownership interest
  • Patent on equipment

Relevant nonfinancial relationships are any relationships that might introduce bias into the course or presentation and include: 

  • Formal affiliations such as volunteer positions
  • Volunteer membership on a board or advisory council
  • Volunteer teaching or speaking engagements
  • Volunteer consulting
  • Affiliations with political, religious, or professional organizations relevant to the content of the presentation



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