The ASHA Leader - August 11, 2009 - (Page 23)

A Powerful Partnership… ASHA 2 0 0 9 so Much More hen more than 10,000 communication sciences and disorders professionals gather in New Orleans Nov. 19–21 for ASHA’s 2009 convention, they will hear about cutting-edge research and learn practical clinical applications from dynamic speakers. They also will honor the best and the brightest in the professions, network with colleagues, and explore new products. W But the speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists at the convention also will have the opportunity to take part in so much more. New Orleans and the convention offer eclectic cuisine, sightseeing, home-building, wine-tasting, informal topical discussions, a dynamic opening session, a jazz festival, an exciting closing party, pre-convention educational sessions—a whole menu of choices designed to pique everyone’s interest. The information on pp. 23–29 outlines a sampling of the activities and events taking place at convention, and also provides some valuable pre-convention guidance. You can nd additional information on any aspect of convention—from hotels to airport transportation to a list of exhibitors—as well as convention and hotel registration at We hope to see you in The Big Easy at ASHA 2009! Ben Vereen To Address Opening Session for which he earned his rst Tony nomination. He won the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as The Leading Player in “Pippin.” He also has appeared in “Wicked,” “Fosse,” “I’m Not Rappaport,” “Hair,” “Grind,” “Jelly’s Last Jam,” and “A Christmas Carol.” Broadway offered Vereen the opportunity to break out into movies, including “Sweet Charity,” “Funny Lady,” “All That Jazz,” and “An Accidental Friendship.” He also appeared on television in guest appearances on “Grey’s Anatomy” (for which he won the Prism Award), “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “OZ,” and “Touched By An Angel.” Vereen may be best known for his portrayal of Chicken George, the ancestor of Alex Haley, in the television mini-series “Roots.” Vereen also works with many philanthropic and charity organizations: the American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Association, and Celebrities for a Drug Free America, an organization he created to raise money for drug rehabilitation centers, educational programs, and inner-city projects. He has received awards for his humanitarian efforts, including Israel’s Cultural and Humanitarian Award, three NAACP Image Awards, an Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, and a Victory Award. See Ben Vereen page 30 What’s Inside 24 Speech-Language Pathology Program Highlights 25 Audiology Program Highlights 27 My Planner: Organize Your Convention Experience 28 Cheryl’s Restaurant Picks 31 Awards Ceremony, Community Service Project 33 Convention Exhibitors 34 Special Events: NSSLHA activities, Office of Multicultural Affairs recognition, “Buds” concert, PAC wine-tasting, ASHFoundation JazzFest and breakfast, and closing party 36 A Greener Convention 37 Obtaining Employer Support for Convention Travel 38 Pre-convention Workshops and Lunchtime Sessions T ony Award-winning actor-singer-dancer Ben Vereen, whose stage, lm, and television career was threatened by a near-fatal car accident that left him struggling to speak, will give the keynote address at the opening general session of ASHA’s 2009 convention. Vereen's elastic movements, broad smile, and exuberant energy rst won notice on Broadway in 1971, when he played Judas Iscariot in the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical “Jesus Christ Superstar,” August 11, 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The ASHA Leader - August 11, 2009

The ASHA Leader - August 11, 2009
Four Members Elected to Board of Directors
Readers Respond
Congress Begins Health Care Reform Debate
Medicare Private Practice Poses Concerns for Some SLPs
Custom Fit Your Marketing
Personal Music Players
From the President
Convention Preview
2010 Dues Change
Ethics in Private Practice
Missouri SLPs Win on School Retirement Issue
A Deluge of Human Kindness
First Person on the Last Page

The ASHA Leader - August 11, 2009