Humans of ASHA: Nana Aboagye

This is one of my favorite stories as an ASHA staffer—not because I had to be tough, but because of how it ended. I was working at the 2014 ASHA Convention in the registration area when
an attendee tried to sneak into the Exhibit Hall with a child, which is a tough rule, but we have to make sure it is followed for safety. We explained why, but just moments later, I bumped into
them again while helping someone in the Exhibit Hall. Somehow, they had managed to sneak back inside! The attendee apologized and they walked away as though to leave but, minutes later, I saw them again. The child was back in the Exhibit Hall—this time, he had glasses on—in an apparent attempt at disguise. He panicked, briefly, when he realized I had noticed him and immediately took off the glasses and grabbed the woman's hand. The attendee, caught off guard, exclaimed, "Didn't I tell you to keep the glasses on!" She then came to me and said, "Mr. Nana, please, please do not take away my CCCs over this, please. Really, I am an ethical professional…" I asked them to come over to talk with my colleagues to see if there was anything we could do to help the situation. She was so worried that I was reporting her to my boss and she would lose her CCCs. I calmed her down and explained that we were just trying to find a solution, and her CCCs weren't at risk. Eventually, my colleagues and I were able to find some children's books for the boy to read while sitting in an area just outside the Exhibit Hall. After the attendee finished visiting the exhibits, they came over to the registration area to give me his disguise glasses as a gift for not telling anyone and coming up with a good option…I still have those glasses!

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