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ASHA 2012

Session, exhibits and much more are in store for SLPs and audiologists Nov. 15-17 in Atlanta.

Atlanta is the place to be for speech-language pathologists and audiologists on Nov. 15-17 for the 2012 ASHA Convention.

More than 12,000 speech-language pathologists, audiologists and speech, language, and hearing scientists are set to gather in the Georgia World Center in downtown Atlanta. Attendance includes invitation to more than 1,800 CEU-eligible seminars and poster presentations detailing the latest research on issues SLPs and audiologists deal with every day - aphasia, apps, autism and more.

In the exhibit hall, more than 300 companies will showcase their services and products to enhance SLPs' and audiologists' practices. Be sure to stop by the ADVANCE booth #514 to shop for some new appearal and subscribe to the print magazine for the first time, or if you've stopped getting issues in the mail, you may need to resubscribe.

Airport Ground Transportation

Shuttle Service

The Atlanta Airport Shuttle Service is an exclusive shuttle service to and from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Downtown and Midtown, including the Georgia World Congress Center. Cost: $16.50, one way or $29.50 for a roundtrip. According to, the average cost of a cab ride to downtown Atlanta from the Jackson Hartsfield Airport is about $30 one way.

The thousands of sessions at ASHA 2012 promise to educate SLPs and audiologists on the latest evidence-based research to allow them to improve and polish their clinical skills and techniques.

To kick off the convention, ASHA President Shelly Chabon, PhD, CCC-SLP, will deliver her presidential address, followed by an overview of the program sessions and special events by Convention Program Committee Co-Chairs Gregg Givens, PhD, CCC-A, and Celia Hooper, PhD, CCC-SLP.

Poet, memoirist, educator and filmmaker Dr. Maya Angelou is the keynote speaker. The ASHA program states, "Dr. Angelou's stirring words will open your mind and speak to your heart. ASHA encourages all convention-goers to attend the opening session that will set the agenda and tone" for the convention.

More words of inspiration are sure to fill the Georgia World Center from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday Nov. 16 when former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, receive the Annie Glenn award, given each year to someone who demonstrates Glenn's spirit.

Local host to ASHA, the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association, has planned pre-convention CEU opportunities for both national and local attendees on Nov. 15. To read about the sessions and to register, click here.

From events for speech-language pathology students to a Welcome Reception to a Closing Party at the Georgia Aquarium, SLPs will find much to do and learn at ASHA 2012. Register for the event by logging on to ASHA's website and start planning your trip to Atlanta by following the links below.

All Around Atlanta

Places to Eat


Atlanta magazine ranked this fine-dining establishment as the No. 1 restaurant in the city. Bacchanalia's seasonal menu is made entirely from local and organic ingredients.

Busy Bee Cafe

They've been serving up home-cooked comfort food favorites in this restaurant for more than 50 years. Taste why Zagat rated it the best place for Soul Food in the city.

FLIP Burger Boutique

Fans of Bravo TV's Top Chef will recognize chef Richard Blais as the winner of season 8 All-Stars. From lamb to chorizo to tuna tartare, this restaurant challenges what diners think makes a delicious burger.


Named by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the best new restaurants in the country, this inventive steakhouse combines old-school favorites like rib-eye with Southern twists, like fried okra.

The Varsity

The world's largest drive-in restaurant has been serving hungry patrons since 1928. The Varsity may not be haute cuisine, but for a nostalgia trip, nothing beats chilli cheese dogs, onion rings and fried pie.


Georgia Aquarium

Dive into the world's largest aquarium. Ten million gallons of fresh and saltwater are home to 500 marine species.

Inside CNN Studio Tour

Go inside your TV and see the inner workings of the first 24-hour news station. These guided tours take viewers behind-the-scenes.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Tour the Atlanta home where the famed civil rights leader was born, as well as Ebenezer Baptist church, where he was ordained and first preached.

Stone Mountain Park

Atlanta's most visited attraction is home to The Confederate Memorial on Stone Mountain, the largest relief carving in the world. Visitors can ride a cable car, play a round of golf, and witness a laser light show in the 3,200-acre park.

World of Coca-Cola

See more than 1,200 Coca-Cola themed artifacts, from a 1930's delivery truck to images of how Coca-Cola has been used in pop culture. Visitors can sample Cokes from around the world and to taste how the formula changes from country to country.

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