TSHA CONVENTION FAQs & NEED-TO-KNOW INFORMATION

If you have a question that is not addressed on this FAQ list, please contact registration@txsha.org.


How do I access the Session Handouts?

Session handouts are available to all paid attendees and are delivered via email, prior to Convention. Attendees may also access handouts via the TSHA Convention Mobile App while on site.

How do I pay for my registration?
TSHA accepts both credit card and check payments for convention registration. Credit card payments must be completed online during the registration process. Checks must be made payable to Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association and may be mailed to the following address:

TSHA
2025 M Street NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

All attendees who opt to pay by check must complete the online registration form. The option to pay by check will be presented to you during checkout.

What if I chose to pay by check while processing my registration, but decide later to pay by credit card?
Registrants may pay their unpaid registration via credit card by accessing their active invoice. Please follow the instructions below: 

1)      Login to your TSHA membership account
2)      Go to your Profile (under My Options > My Profile on the top-right corner of your screen)
3)      Click on the Transactions tab
4)      Select View Invoice next to your 2019 registration
5)      Select either Pay With Credit Card, Pay by Check, or Pay by Third Party


What if I need to cancel my registration?

Requests for cancellations (by email to registration@txsha.org) must be received by January 31, 2019, in order to receive a refund less a 25% processing fee. No refunds will be given after January 31, 2019. All refunds will be processed following the 2019 TSHA Annual Convention. TSHA is not responsible for any airfare, hotel, or other costs incurred by registrants. Speakers are subject to change without notice.

What is the attire for Convention?
TSHA suggests business casual, but there are no strict guidelines on attire. We ask that attendees present themselves in a professional manner. Additionally, meeting spaces may fluctuate greatly in temperature. We strongly suggest wearing layers for comfort. We also suggest comfortable shoes.

How do I download the Mobile App?
The convention Mobile App will be available to all attendees. The app will be available in the Google Play Store (Android devices) or Apple Store (Apple devices). More information on how to download the Mobile App will be available later this late fall. A WiFi connection is recommended during download and use of the mobile app. WiFi will be available at the hotel.

How do I obtain TSHA CEs for Convention?
TSHA CEs are self-reported by each attendee. Additional information on CE credits can be found on our Continuing Education Information page.

How do I register/check-in onsite?
Upon arrival at the Fort Worth Convention Center, attendees who have pre-registered online through the TSHA website must plan to visit the Convention Badge Pick-Up Kiosks during the posted registration hours (below). To obtain a convention badge, simply step up to a badge-printing kiosk (computer) and enter the last name of the attendee, confirm that your information is correct and click print. Staff will be onsite to assist you. Additionally, attendees may obtain their convention bags, badge holders, and ribbons in the registration area. Attendees needing additional assistance, or those registering/paying onsite, may approach staff at the Registration Desk.

Those that have not pre-registered for the event will need to go straight to the Onsite Registration Desk to get registered and paid. You will pick up your badge there. 

What do I need to pre-register for? What can I attend without registering?
Full-Convention Registration includes access to all keynote presentations, breakout sessions, Exhibit Hall Opening Reception, and other receptions. Attendees may choose to attend any breakout session available, space permitting (see below). Attendees are required to pre-register for pre-convention and post-convention workshops, Short Courses, and Foundation Breakfast. These may be added to your registration through the online registration process. 

How do I add/change the sessions I want to attend on my registration?
Attendees who wish to add sessions on to their registration may log back into their registration profile by accessing the TSHA Registration page.

Use the "Register Now" link. On the right side of the page, you should see "View Your Registration Details" under the Already Registered heading. Once you click on this, you will be brought to your personal registration page. Click on "My Registration". On the next page, you should see "My Options". Under this heading, click on the "Add Additional Options" to view and purchase the options available.

Please note that attendees are not required to pre-register for specific breakout or keynote sessions prior to Convention. Sessions that require pre-registration are limited to pre-convention/post-convention workshops, short courses, and foundation breakfast.

 

What do I do if a session I want to attend is “full”/there are no seats left?
Breakout sessions are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. If no seats are left in a session you want to attend, there may be standing room available. However, the Fort Worth Convention Center and TSHA staff reserve the right to “close” a session room if it reaches capacity as deemed by the local Fire Marshall. Please let TSHA Staff know if a particular session is full when you attend.

My family is traveling with me – Is there an age limit on attendees/guests at Convention?
Due to the professional nature of the TSHA Convention & Exhibition, as well as the availability of alcoholic beverages in several of the networking events, all attendees and guests must be at least 21 years old to attend any Convention sessions and/or events. Please visit The Fort Worth Convention Center's website to find activities suitable for children/those under 21.

What is the Ribbon Pick Up Area? What Ribbons can I take for my badge?
TSHA provides a Ribbon Pick Up Area with various ribbons that attendees can affix to the bottom of their badge. These ribbons are meant to allow attendees to showcase their certifications and/or involvement in TSHA or their State Affiliates. When taking badges, please maintain a high level of ethical standards when selecting which ribbons to affix to your badge. If you have any questions about what the badges mean, please ask a TSHA Staff person at the Registration Desk.

What time will the Registration Desk open?
The TSHA Registration Area will be open daily from Thursday, February 28 - Saturday, March 2, 2019:

Thursday, February 28 | 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 1 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 2 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am

*Schedule subject to change

Times are posted in local, Central Standard Time. Additional scheduling information can be found on the Agenda At a Glance page of the website.

What time is the Exhibit Hall open?
The TSHA Exhibit Hall will be open daily from (enter exhibit hall dates)

Thursday, February 28 | 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday, March 1 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 2 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am

*Schedule subject to change

Times are posted in local, Central Standard Time. Additional scheduling information can be found on the Agenda At a Glance page of the website.

Will there be WiFi at Convention?
More information coming soon!

Where should Exhibitors and Sponsors Get Information?
If you are or would like to be an exhibitor or sponsor for the TSHA Convention please visit the Convention Exhibitor's Information Page.

Where is Convention being held and how do I make hotel room reservations?
The 63rd Annual Convention & Educational will be held at The Fort Worth Convention Center:

Fort Worth Convention Center
1201 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX, 76102

TSHA has secured discounted room rates at several hotels. Book through the Convention Housing Information Page to secure your hotel reservation within the TSHA room block. Please note that listed room prices are excluding taxes. This discounted room rates cannot be guaranteed after (enter housing deadline).

How do I get to the Fort Worth Convention Center?
The Fort Worth Convention Center is accessible from the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. When factoring in your travel plans, please note that the Fort Worth Airport is significantly closer (enter additional airport if applies) and much less costly when dealing with ground transportation to/from the airport.

Fort Worth Airport:
Airport Code: DFW
Distance: 30 miles, 40 minutes

Transportation Options
Taxi Cost: $60 each way (estimated with 15% tip)
Uber/Lyft Cost: $38 each way

What meals are included with my registration?
There are no meals included in the Full Conference Registration fee. Food is available for purchase during the exhibit hall hours in the back of the exhibit hall. If you purchase the Foundation Breakfast ticket in the registration process, breakfast will be provided on Friday, March 1, 2019. 

Where should I eat at the Fort Worth Convention Center?
Grab and go items will be available for purchase during lunches at Convention and continental breakfast will be provided daily. For other meals, Fort Worth has a large selection of dining options. Visit this website for more information: https://www.fortworth.com/restaurants.

What is there to do in Fort Worth?
Fort Worth is the 16th-largest city in the United States and part of the No. 1 tourist destination in Texas, welcoming more than 9.1 million visitors annually. Comprised of eight primary entertainment districts each offering distinct dining, shopping, entertainment, and cultural amenities. In only a few days you can enjoy a range of experiences: from NASCAR racing to rodeos, world-class museums to cowboy cuisine, boutique shopping to a Top 5 zoo, biking to horseback riding. Explore each of our unique districts to see what Fort Worth has to offer you. Find more information here.

What do I do in case of an emergency while onsite at Convention?
In case of injury or illness, please alert a hotel, convention center, or TSHA staff member and call 911. In case of evacuation, please see the evacuation notes on the back of your hotel room door or, if you are in a meeting room, exit the building.

I have special meals/transportation/accommodations needed, where should I report that?
It is TSHA's goal to ensure that everyone is included in Convention and can experience it to its fullest. To ensure that we can accommodate you, please include any requests for accommodations in your registration notes when registering online for Convention.