NBASLH Convention

April 12 - 14, 2018, Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport, Washington, D.C.

Message from Co-convention Chair Jessica R. Sullivan, PhD, and Co-convention Chair Darius Thomas, MS, CF-SLP

This year we will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary in Washington, D.C., April 12-14, 2018. Rich in history and significance for African American and American history, Washington, D.C. is the ideal location to celebrate four decades of NBASLH’s leadership and accomplishments in the field of communication sciences and disorders.  Every time NBASLH visits Washington, D.C., it marks a significant milestone in the rich and ever evolving history of the organization. The 2018 Convention theme is 40 Years of Legendary Leadership in Speech, Language, and Hearing”. The legendary leadership does not just refer to accomplishments of our pioneers; it also refers to all of the future endeavors by students, clinicians, and researchers. This year we would like to have a spectacular celebration of NBASLH!  We will continue to have highlighted speakers that will cover a variety of topics and add depth to what is shaping up to be the best program yet. NBASLH is poised to attract new conference attendees from other professions that share an interest within the field of communication disorders to include deaf educators, linguists, and hearing scientists.

As NBASLH continues to grow in membership and presentation depth, we are keeping the core of what makes NBASLH so special.  There will plenty of opportunities to network and fellowship. Be sure to plan your schedule to include the Opening Session, Student Mentor Luncheon, the Annual Awards Dinner and the Closing Highlighted Poster Session and Reception. What is new this year at NBASLH? On Thursday, we are planning to have a special leadership symposium for students. This year we will have audiology and speech pathology grand rounds. In addition, this year for NBASLH Cares, we will work with our ASHA office at the capital to visit with the Congressional Black Caucus and our state representatives to discuss issues that affect our profession. Stay tuned for more exciting convention program details over the next coming months!

Washington, D.C. is our nation’s capital and the place where the first formal NBASLH committee meeting was held on the campus of Howard University. The significance of Washington, D.C. is important in the history of NBASLH as well as the African-American experience. We encourage you to experience all of the culture, sights and sounds of what “The District” has to offer.  We know that the hottest ticket in town is for the culture; however, there are plenty of other museums and points of interest to be explored! Check out the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, The African American Civil War Memorial, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House or National Museum of African Art.  Are you a foodie? If so, you will love the food scene. Washington, D.C. has a variety of black owned restaurants that will be great to sample such as Ben’s Chili Bowl, Smith Public Trust and Twin Jazz to name a few. We hope to see you for the 40th in Washington, D.C.!

Jessica and Darius
2018 Convention Co-Chairs


Meet Your 2018 Convention Co-Chairs

Jessica Renee Sullivan, PhD


Darius L. Thomas, MS, CF-SLP



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