72nd Annual OSLHA Convention
March 22-24, 2018
Hyatt Regency- Columbus, OH
PEOPLE, PURPOSE, PASSION
Convention Attendance Verification Has Now Been Completed
Certificates for all Verified Courses Have Been Sent to Attendees
Via Email as of Monday, April 30th!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Q: Can I Cancel My Convention Registration and What is the Refund Policy?
A: We are pleased to offer early registration options to give attendees an opportunity to secured desired options early and to prepurchase products at a discounted price. In doing so, there is some risk associated with the possibility of needing to cancel your attendance. Our tiered refund policy (Viewable here) allows those who preregister at a cost-savings some options for a full or partial refund until the final preregistration date. After that time, your attendance is accounted for and reserved with the convention venue and we are unable to make any refund available for any reason; including illness, injury and weather-related circumstances.
Q: Are Convention Courses Offered for CEUs and If So, How Many?
A: We are pleased to confirm that our continuing education activities are available for ASHA CEUs and when noted, are also available for AAA CEUs.
2018 Convention courses are offering for the following amounts:
- PreConventions – .3 ASHA CEUs,
- MiniSeminars – .15 ASHA CEUs (and AAA CEUs where indicated on each course description),
- Short Courses – .3 ASHA CEUs,
- Caucus Sessions – .15 ASHA CEUs (and AAA CEUs where indicated),
- Posters – available in .05 ASHA CEUs increments.
Q: What Should I Bring to Convention To Maximize My Experience?
A: We encourage attendees to plan ahead and some of the following might make that easier:
- Make travel accommodations in consideration of the weather and possibility of traffic delays.
- Dress is business casual and we encourage comfortable walking shoes for travel to and from parking and classrooms.
- Dress in layers and/or bring a sweater or jacket as classroom temperature fluctuate.
- View and print hard copies or preload your course handouts on your handheld device and refer to them during your courses. Handouts are available for your selected courses in your Personal Agenda when logged into our Convention Portal at www.oslha2go.org.
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 immediately to register for convention online and take advantage of the discounted convention pricing offered only to OSLHA members.
Q: How Can I Pay for My Convention Registration?
A: We gladly accept payment for registrations a number of different ways. Attendees are now required to create a user account on our website and logging in to this user account will be required to conduct any purchases, including convention registration. After completing the online registration form you can proceed to submit your form and pay by credit card or you can select to “pay by check” and print your completed registration form for mailing with a personal or business check or money order. **Remember to mail any Early Bird check payments postmarked by the Early Bird date!
Q: How Can I Register for Convention and Have My Employer Make the Payment?
A: We gladly accept payment for registrations a number of different ways. Attendees are now required to create a user account on our website and logging in to this user account will be required to conduct any purchases, including convention registration. Logging in allows you access to your past purchase history and receipts! An interested attendee can login and complete a convention registration and proceed to the payment options, at that time choosing the “Pay by Check” option to submit the registration and print a copy of the registration form for passing along to an employer for making payment. Employers can use that paper form to locate details and remit payment to us by check or can call us to make payment by credit card. Your employer may also be willing to connect their financial contact with you at the end of your online registration, entering credit card payment information for you, therefore, allowing you to submit the form and payment online together. We encourage either process.
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 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 as a means of confirming their attendance. 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!
Thanks To Our Generous Sponsors:
P.O. Box 309
Germantown, OH. 45327