72nd Annual OSLHA Convention

March 22-24, 2018

Hyatt Regency- Columbus, OH



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Exhibit, Sponsorship & Advertising Details

Exhibits, Sponsorships & Advertising

We invite you to showcase your products and services at the 72nd Annual Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSLHA) Convention in Columbus, Ohio, March 22-24, 2018!  The 2018 OSLHA Convention theme is “Creating Connections: People, Purpose, Passion”.

We know from experience how important you are to our convention! The OSLHA membership looks forward to and actively seeks out the products and/or services that you offer.  Further, we value your support through sponsorship of our convention content and activities.  Your participation is an integral part of the continued success of our state convention!

The OSLHA convention has a strong clinical focus and attracts experienced professionals, as well as new clinicians and students just embarking on their careers. These professionals are constantly seeking new resources, innovative products, and creative ideas in order to achieve their mission of “unlocking communication” for all individuals across the lifespan.

As we “Create Connections…”, we invite you to partner with us in a sponsorship, exhibit or advertising relationship.  The benefits and costs vary, depending on your interests and we are happy to help you identify a combination of advertising and exhibiting selections that will maximize your exposure throughout Ohio.  Our unique venue places you at the center of convention activities and is designed to provide you with unparalleled visibility in a high traffic area with access to over 1,000 speech-language pathologists, audiologists and speech-language and hearing scientists! We know that we can provide critical networking and increased sales opportunities for you, our exhibitors.

The Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association looks forward to “Creating Connections” with you as one of our valued 2018 convention partners!

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Overnight Accommodations

Overnight Accommodations


Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High Street
 Columbus, OH 43215, US

Our preferred overnight partner, the Hyatt Regency, is now accepting hotel reservations for The 2018 OSLHA Convention through our personalized web portal.  All rooms at our group rate should be booked and can be modified and/or cancelled through this online page at any time.  Rooms will be available at our group rate until the room block fills or February 21st, 2018, whichever occurs first. 

If the credit card paying for the room will not be present at time of check-in, a Credit Card Authorization form will need to be completed and returned via fax to 614-280-3038 prior to arrival. If the credit card will be paying for multiple attendees, please include a list of names/confirmation numbers on the form. The credit card authorization form is available below.

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Presentation and Poster Details


Professional Poster Preparation & Printing Requirements


  • Poster board size: 4 feet high x 6 feet wide
  • Posters may be produced in Full Color, Black and White, or Gray Scale


  • Set up poster before 8:00 am on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, OH, in the Marion Room on Floor 2.
  • Poster board stands and Poster numbers are provided.
  • Author is responsible to bring all other supplies needed for poster (push pins, etc.)
  • Posters should remain displayed from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Author Presentation Time:  Author(s) will present live between 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Author is responsible to dismantle poster between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th.  If poster is not disassembled at this time, it will be discarded.


Student Poster Preparation & Printing Requirements


  • Poster board size: 4 feet high x 6 feet wide
  • Posters may be produced in Full Color, Black and White, or Gray Scale; however, aesthetics will be considered during the poster judging contest


  • All student posters submitted for the convention will be considered for the Student Poster Contest unless you specify otherwise.  In order to participate in the Contest, however, the poster and video presentation MUST be pre-submitted by the deadlines below.
  • PowerPoint Slide or Draft Image of your Poster is to be produced and submitted by email to oslhaprogram@ohioslha.org, and a short presentation of your poster videotaped and uploaded by you to YouTube for judging by March 1st, 2018Presentation may be given by the lead presenter or the group.  Consider who your strongest presenter(s) is/are.
  • Additional information and guidelines for the presentation will be sent to the lead presenter and faculty advisor, once the poster proposal has been approved.
  • Poster content, aesthetics, and student presentation will all be considered when selecting winners.
  • Poster feedback will be provided to lead presenters for consideration/implementation when they present for our attendees at our annual convention (see below).
  • First Place: $100; Second Place: $50; Third Place: $25 awards will be presented to the lead student on winning poster presentations.
  • Winners will be announced at the poster displays Saturday, March 24th at 3:30 p.m. in the Morrow Meeting Room on Floor 2 of the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.


  • Set up poster before 8:00 am on Saturday,  March 24, 2018 in the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, OH, in the Morrow Meeting Room on Floor 2.
  • Poster board stands and Poster numbers are provided.
  • Author is responsible to bring all other supplies needed for poster (push pins, etc.)
  • Posters should remain displayed from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Author Presentation Time:  Author(s) will be assigned a 45-minute time slot between 2:00-3:30 p.m. and must be on-site to present their posters live during their assigned timeslot.
  • Author is responsible to dismantle poster between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th.  If poster is not disassembled at this time, it will be discarded.



Poster Submissions Were Due: October 31, 2017

Entry for Student Poster Contest Video Submission Due:  March 1, 2018

Student Poster Contest and Video Submission Details


Contest Entry:

  • All student posters accepted for the 2018 OSLHA Annual Convention are eligible to participate in the Student Poster Presentation Contest.
  • In order to participate in the Contest, students must PRE-SUBMIT a picture of their posters, along with a short video presentation (see below).
    • Upload your video to YouTube
    • Prepare a PowerPoint slide or Draft Image of you Poster so that the judges can see the actual poster clearly.
    • Email this image and the link to your YouTube video to oslhaprogram@ohioslha.org by March 1, 2018.
  • Only poster presentations which are submitted by the deadline will be considered for the contest.
  • The deadline for video submission and Poster image for entry in the contest, is March 1, 2018.

Contest Judging:

  • Poster presentations will be judged by a panel of professionals in speech-language pathology and audiology, and may include both university faculty and professionals in the field.
  • Judging and scoring will include both the poster and the video presentation.
  • Poster content, aesthetics (both poster and video), and the student presentation will all be considered when selecting winners.
  • Feedback from the judges will be provided to the lead presenter for each poster participating in the contest, for consideration/implementation during the live presentations at the convention.
  • Monetary awards will be presented to the lead student on each of the winning poster presentations: $100 First Place, $50 Second Place, and $25 Third Place
  • Winners will be announced and awards presented during the convention: Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. in the Morrow Meeting Room (site of Poster Displays).


Guidelines for Video Presentations:

  • Remember that a portion of the scoring/judging is on the actual poster and content – so it is extremely important to send us the picture of the poster. Likewise, it is important that the picture (slide or image) be clear and easily readable for the judges.  The poster portion of the judging will be scored accordingly, for any posters which are difficult to see or read.
  • Presentation Audio:
    • Be sure the sound quality is good – the judges need to be able to clearly hear your presentation
    • Consider wearing a microphone for best audio
    • Please DO NOT include any music with your video, as this can distort or mask the sound quality. These should be viewed as professional presentations – and it is highly unlikely that you would be playing music if doing a live presentation.
    • If not using a microphone – be cautious of your movements. For example, moving/rattling sheets of paper may interfere with the audio; or turning away from the camera to point to something on the poster may result in poor audio while your back is to the camera.
    • Speak slowly and clearly! It is important that the judges be able to clearly understand your presentation.
  • Presentation Video:
    • We want to see YOU! Be sure that you are visible on the recording, and your head is not cut off on the video.
    • Do not add any visual effects to the presentation.
    • Should be single-shot – no editing, effects, transitions, music, etc. added (this is not a contest for video production, but for the presentation of your poster and content knowledge).
  • General Tips:
    • Plan, Prepare, and Practice!! (Just like you would do for a live presentation)
    • Reading directly from note cards is highly discouraged, as it does not look professional.
    • Brush up on your presentation skills, if needed – in the past, contest scores were either helped or hindered by students’ presentation skills. Rehearse with other people, and solicit their feedback.  Take advantage of resources at your university to help with the speaking and presentation.
    • Try to be natural, and be yourself!
  • Maximum length of video = 8 minutes

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Convention FAQ's

Q: Can anyone submit a call for papers submission and do I need to fill in the information and submit it electronically?

 A: We invite all professionals in the speech, speech science and audiology fields to submit research or therapy-focused professional content for our consideration.  We also welcome and encourage submissions from presenters in related fields; professional, ethics, business, management, billing/coding, supervision, technology, OT, PT and more… Opportunities also exist for poster submissions from students in the speech, speech science and audiology fields of study!  All submissions must be made using the submission forms available on our website and all the fields are required.  Any questions should be directed to us via the contact avenues on our website.


Q: Can I Obtain OSLHA Membership and then Register Online for Convention at the OSLHA Member Rate?

 A: Yes!  You are welcome to join OSLHA for the first time or renew your membership online and then proceed to register for convention online and immediately take advantage of the discounted convention pricing offered only to OSLHA members.


Q: Are There Options for a Reduced Cost to Attend the OSLHA Convention?

 A: The OSLHA Legislative Council has taken great care to ensure our convention attendance pricing is consistent with the going rates at other similar conventions across the nation.  We also exercise diligence in the spending of convention income to ensure we provide the highest quality presentations, activities and meals possible despite pricing increases and economic factors beyond our control.  Because of this careful planning, we are currently able to provide single day registration options to our professional attendees to meet the needs of those unable to take time away from work, whose employers no longer provide Continuing Education funding and those experiencing financial hardships that keep them from full convention attendance and participation.  We expect to continue to offer single day registration options whenever possible.


Q: When Can I Gain Access To View/Print Course Handouts?

 A: Handouts will be submitted by our speakers 2 weeks prior to the convention start date.  Handouts will then be formatted and made available as quickly as possible.  We will also email all of our registrants with a notification when this page becomes available and will offer a reminder of your course selections to make locating and printing your individual handouts as easy as possible.


Q: Why Are There Less Exhibitors Than I Remember in Past Years?

 A: The appearance may be that there are less exhibitors because of the new convention venue but the reality is that we continue to sell approximately the same number of exhibit spaces consistently for the last several years.  Many of our exhibitors now also support OSLHA as advertisers and sponsors of events and activities when they do not have the staffing available to man an exhibit booth.  We contact thousands of potential exhibitors annually but many are bound by financial, staffing and scheduling constraints and some may simply choose not to attend our event if they feel our attendees are not interested in their products or services.   The best way to ensure a large number and variety of exhibitors attend OSLHA is for YOU to contact them to inquire about their attendance!   You can reach out to many of your favorite companies online or use the contact information in our annual convention exhibitor directory included in your convention registration folder to contact this year’s attending exhibitors to thank them for their attendance.  Please be sure to visit all of the exhibit booths and thank them personally when you see them in attendance, as well.  If they feel welcome it is more likely they will return to our event next year!


Q: Why Are There So Many Recruiters Exhibiting?

A: The economy and hiring patterns of many exhibitors may affect their attendance so you may see more recruiters on years when they are actively hiring SLP’s or Audiologists in this region.  An increase in recruiters is a sign of increased employment opportunities in our region and we are excited this is the case!


Q: Why Has LinguaSystems Not Exhibited Recently?

A: Linguasystems implemented a policy in 2011 to exhibit only at National events.  It is costly to purchase exhibit space, ship products and exhibit materials and pay for booth staff members’ travel, meals and hotel accommodations.  Many corporate partners continue to support the state associations by making generous scholarship donations and they often advertise or sponsor events/activities at our convention.  For the foreseeable future, we don’t expect them to host an exhibit booth at our state convention.


Q:Why Are We Again Required To Collect Attendance Codes During The OSLHA Convention Courses/Activities?

A:As you may have experienced at other independent CE activities, ASHA requires approved CE providers, such as OSLHA, to validate attendance by collecting sign-in sheets for each course session or by providing attendance codes to all attendees.  Due to the popularity of our convention, reviewing course sign-in sheets for individual attendance is not an effective method of attendance verification.  Therefore, we have returned to the process of providing attendance codes, which integrates nicely with our existing online attendance system and allows us to get your certificate of attendance and ASHA/AAA registries updated very shortly after our event concludes.  We do hope that the inconvenience of codes will be offset by the efficiency of receiving your proof of attendance more quickly and accurately!


Convention Venue

Hyatt Regency
350 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

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