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2016 NBASLH Convention

Celebrating Diversity in Research and Clinical Practice

April 14-16, 2016

The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Meet Your 2016 Convention Co-Chairs

Hadiya Coppedge   Jessica Sullivan
Hadiya Coppedge, MA   Jessica Renee Sullivan, PhD


The NBASLH Convention Co-Chairs have been busy preparing for the 2016 Convention, following are highlighted speakers and presentations.

Vivian Henderson, Esq., will present during the Opening Session.
Vivian HendersonAttorney Henderson received her advanced academic diploma from Green Run High School, her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the College of William and Mary, and her Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law. Attorney Henderson was licensed to practice law in Virginia in 1996, after passing the bar on her first attempt. Since beginning her law career, she has worked in the Commonwealth's Attorney Offices in Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. Attorney Henderson has also served as an adjunct professor for Averett University, Bryant and Stratton College and Strayer University. She currently serves as a Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach.

Dr. Ivory Tolson, will present druing the Awards Dinner.

Ivory TolsonDr. Ivory A. Toldson is the deputy director, for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Prior to this role, Dr. Toldson served as an associate professor at Howard University, senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education. He was also contributing education editor for The Root, where he debunked some of the most pervasive myths about African-Americans in his Show Me the Numbers column.  Dr. Toldson has more than 60 publications, including four books and more than 150 research presentations in 36 US states, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Scotland, South Africa, Paris and Barcelona. He has been featured on MSNBC, C-SPAN2 Books, NPR News, POTUS on XM Satellite Radio and numerous local radio stations. His research has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Root, The National Journal, Essence Magazine, and Ebony Magazine.

Dr. Corrin Richels will present Fluency and Language in Children.

Corrin Richels, PhD, will present Fluency and Language in Children
Dr. Richels earned her Bachelor and Master of Science from James Madison University. She went on to earn a PhD in speech and hearing science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an assistant professor at Old Dominion University in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Norfolk, Virginia. Her interests include the assessment, treatment and systematic study of language disorders including childhood stuttering.

Dr. Julie Verhoff will present Audiological Services in Schools for Children With Hearing Loss Using Auditory-Oral Communication.

Julie VerhoffDr. Verhoff is a pediatric cochlear implant audiologist and the director of audiology at The River School and Chattering Children in Washington DC.  The River School is a fully inclusive educational model that serves children with hearing loss alongside their hearing peers from birth through third grade. Chattering Children is a non-profit organization that provides an array of services for children with hearing loss and their families. Dr. Verhoff holds a Bachelor of Science in speech and hearing sciences and family studies from the University of New Mexico, a Doctorate of Audiology from The University of Texas at Dallas, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Audiology from Gallaudet University. 

Dr. Linda I. Rosa-Lugo will present Aural (Re)Habilitation: Reflections and Retooling. From Old School to New School.

Linda Rosa-LugoDr. Rosa-Lugo, is an ASHA Fellow and award recipient for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs.  She has extensive experience working with children with hearing loss and their families.  As Principal Investigator of over three million in grants while at UCF, and director of the UCF Listening Center, her research agenda includes the development of listening and spoken language and literacy in Hispanic children with hearing loss and first and second language acquisition in English Learners.

Panel Presentation, Pathways to Funding

We are excited to provide a session on funding that spans several agencies. We will have representatives from NIH NIDCD, ASHA Foundation, and the Department of Education as well as seasoned and new investigators to discuss grant writing tips and the various mechanisms available.  In addition, we will have a breakout session to allow for small group discussion and questions. This session is for everyone interested in research and grant writing.

Medical Speech Pathology Grand Rounds, lead by Ms. Mary Ellen Gallagher


The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center Hotel

The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center Hotel is located in the heart of a new "main street" development, bustling with business, retail, and dining options.  The nearby Town Center offers a variety of distinctive restaurants and shopping, as well as complimentary bicycle rickshaws for a convenient return to the hotel. 

NBASLH has obtained a special group rate of $135 for the Convention.  This rate will only be honored by the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center Hotel until March 23, 2016, or until the room
block is sold out, whichever occurs first.

Make your reservations early. Reservation requests received after the deadline date will be subject to availability and prevailing rate.

Reservations may be made by calling 800-937-8461. To receive the group rate, mention that you are with the NBASLH Annual Conference.

Self-parking is complimentary at the Westin.

The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center is located just eight miles from Norfolk International Airport, and is easily accessible by taxi, limousine rental car or commercial shuttle service.