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, CCC-SLP

This year we will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary in Washington D.C., April 12-14, 2018. Rich in history and significance for the African American and American history make Washington D.C. ideal to celebrate four decades of NBASLH’s leadership and accomplishments in the field of communication sciences and disorders.  Every time NBASLH visit Washington D.C., it marks a significant milestone in the rich and ever evolving history of the organization. The 2018 convention theme 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 make a spectacular celebration of NBASLH!  We will continue to have highlighted speakers such as Mary Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, Dysphagia Considerations for Older Adults: Moving Beyond Aspiration; Lindsay Meyer Turner, PhD, CCC-SLPThe Bossy Baby Project: Implementation of a Cue-Based Feeding Protocol in a Level III NICU; and Keena Seward, AuD, CCC-A/SLPInterdisciplinary Assessment of Central Auditory Processing Disorders.

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. What is new this year at NBASLH? 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 on Thursday morning. On Thursday afternoon, we are planning to have a special leadership symposium for students. This event will be followed by the Donn Bailey lecture series. The Donn Bailey has new panel format this year, which will include perspectives of African American child language from pioneers and future leaders in the field. Our annual awards dinner is an event that is much anticipated every year. This year, it will be a Legends Gala, which will be a formal affair celebrating 40 years of legendary leaders and the cultivation of the next generation.

While the convention program is full of excitement and learning, 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 (and almost impossible to obtain) is for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. We have a limited number of time entry passes for NBASLH members and guest for a $5 processing fee per ticket, when you register. We look forward to learning, networking, and celebrating with you at the 40th anniversary of NBASLH.

Jessica and Darius
2018 Convention Co-Chairs


Meet Your 2018 Convention Co-Chairs

Jessica Renee Sullivan, PhD


Darius L. Thomas, MS, CCC-SLP



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Financial and In-Kind Support Provided By:
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Cathys Design
Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services
Hampton University
Howard University
Invo Healthcare - Progressus Therapy
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Kindred Healthcare
Mediscan Staffing Services
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Plural Publishing
Right Stuff Health Systems
Super Duper Publications
Syracuse University - Communication, Sciences, and Disorders
UNC-Chapel Hill; Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
University of Houston
University of West Georgia