September 20, 2013

ASHA 2014 convention planning committee

This morning, commencing at 2am and ending at 6am (!) I met with the team of people who are planning the 2014 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention. The majority of people were meeting at the ASHA headquarters in the US (commencing12pm their time). It was an informative meeting.

The 2013 convention will be held in November, so the planning for the 2014 convention is well underway even before the 2013 convention has been held. I learned that for the 2013 convention there were 2900+ abstract submissions, more than had ever been received before. Each abstract is reviewed by up to 5 reviewers - so there is a lot of work ahead.

The 2014 convention will be held in Orlando, FL,  November 20-22. Professor Lynn Williams is chairing the speech-language pathology arm of the convention. I am co-chairing the topic "Issues in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations" with Brian Goldstein from LaSalle University. We have a lot of work ahead as we invite our committee, plan the invited sessions, review abstracts, and prepare the program