This will be my first conference. Why should I attend? 

I’ve never been to an NSA conference before. Why should I attend?
I have never met anyone who stutters, and I won’t know anyone at the conference. Will I fit in?
How many people typically attend the conference?
Is there anything specific for first timers at the conference?
Who can attend the NSA conference?
How far in advance should I start planning my trip to the conference?
When should I plan to get to the conference?
If I have any problems or questions who should I contact and how?
I’m a parent or loved-one of a PWS, can I attend? Is there something planned for us?
I’m a speech-language pathologist. Is there something planned for us?

Costs

How much is the total conference cost? 
Are there scholarships available? 
Can I register for the conference online?

Travel information

How do I get to Washington, DC?
Are there ways to save on travel and lodging costs?
What airport should I fly into?
Can you tell me which airline I should fly into DC?
How can I get from the airport to the hotel?
Are there maps of the local area available?

Hotel information

Do I need to stay at the conference hotel? 
Where is the hotel and how can I make reservations?
How do I get a roommate?
Is there parking near the hotel and conference site?

Workshops and Speakers

Who will the keynote speakers be?
What is the schedule for the workshops?
Who schedules the workshops and how are they chosen?
Can I lead a workshop myself? If so, how?
Are consumers welcome at the ASHA CEU workshops?
How much do ASHA CEU workshops cost for professionals? Consumers?
When is the Chapter Leader workshop this year?

Activities

What is the basic structure of the conference?
What tours and activities will be available?

Professionals

Are SLP students welcome to attend the conference?
Are there going to be ASHA CEU workshops?
Who are going to be the CEU speakers?
Will I be able to receive CEUs for the entire conference?
What types of  workshops are available for SLPs?

Children, Teens, and Families

What will be available for children and teens who stutter and their families?

Miscellaneous

How can I get involved?
I have a question that is not covered here. Who do I ask?

I’ve never been to an NSA conference before. Why should I attend? The National Stuttering Association Annual Conference really does offer something for everyone, including people who stutter, their families and speech language pathologists. Many of our attendees come to learn how to educate others about stuttering and some want to learn how to regain control in their life, from the struggles of stuttering. Most of all, attendees tell us that just being around others who share some of the same struggles and joys of stuttering is life changing. If you haven’t met anyone who stutters before, this will be the perfect experience for you to meet others who share similar experiences and a common bond. Attending the conference is the first step to being inspired and pushed to make positive changes in your life. Explaining an NSA conference is like explaining the color red. You have to experience it to believe what it will do for you. For more details on what a conference is like, click here.  Check out our 2014 Conference Brochure to get a taste of what’s in store. Back to top

I have never met anyone who stutters, and I won’t know anyone at the conference, will I fit in? YES! Imagine being in a room with 800 strangers – who stutter! What’s truly amazing about the conference is that you are able to be in one place with so many people who share a common bond. Everyone at the conference is there either because they stutter, they love someone who stutters or they are interested in learning more about stuttering. You’ll have a chance to connect with other first timers, as well as people who are returning attendees. Once you step foot into the conference hotel, you won’t worry about fitting in because you will be too busy connecting with others, making life-long friends and sharing experiences! Back to top

How many people typically attend the conference? It varies. In the early days we had less than 100 people. Typically you can expect between 500 and 700 people. However, in 2011, we had an all-time record of 873 attendees in Fort Worth, Texas. Back to top

Is there going to be anything specific for first timers at the conference? Yes, definitely! The NSA recognizes that those attending our conference for the first time will likely be overwhelmed at first. We have a special first timer workshop, held both on Wednesday and Thursday. This introduction will prepare you for the next few days that are bound to change your life. You will learn what to expect and how to get the most out of your conference experience. In addition, we hold icebreakers and mixers to give you an opportunity to interact with other members. We were all first timers once and love having the opportunity to help introduce others to the conference. Back to top

Who can attend the NSA conference? People who stutter (young and old!) as well as their families are encouraged to attend. There is a variety of programming for people of all ages, as well as for family members. Additionally, we strongly encourage Speech-Language Pathologists and Speech Language Pathology students to join us. Back to top

How far in advance should I start planning my trip to the conference? This really varies person to person. However, we can tell you that for previous conferences, our hotels have sold out and we have had to use a waiting list. If you are certain you will want go, you should make your reservations as early as possible. Since the conference will take place over the July 4th holiday weekend, this will be a major travel time. Please plan accordingly! Back to top

When should I plan to get to the conference? Arrive at the hotel and check in no later than Wednesday afternoon. Workshops will begin at noon on Wednesday. You won’t want to miss any of the opportunities to connect with others and participate in workshops! There will also be special events, such as tours, that begin on Wednesday evening. To see a typical schedule of events during the week, click here. Back to top

If I have any problems or questions who should I contact and how?
There are many ways to reach us at the National Stuttering Association:
a) Phone: 1-800-937-8888
b) E-mail: info@westutter.org
c) Facebook/Twitter (Please become a fan of ours on Facebook! If you write on our wall, we will get back to you right away).
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I’m a parent, loved one, or sibling of someone who stutters. Can I attend? Yes! We are happy to offer workshops specifically designed for parents and siblings of people who stutter. These workshops give parents and siblings an opportunity to hear from experts, people who stutter and fellow parents and siblings. If you have a spouse or loved one who stutters, you are also welcome to attend! The conference is full of opportunities to learn more about stuttering, whether you stutter or you care about someone who stutters. Back to top

I’m a Speech-Language Pathologist. Is there something planned for us? Yes, definitely! In fact, many of your professional colleagues will be in attendance. Going to an NSA conference is a great way to learn about stuttering, meet other clinicians interested and stuttering, and gain first-hand information from people who have experienced a wide variety of treatment approaches. Many SLPs also find it beneficial to invite their clients who stutter to come with them. Not only will their clients benefit from meeting other people who stutter, but it will help the SLP gain new ideas for use in therapy with that client once the conference is over. Back to top

Costs

How much does the conference cost, all total? The cost of the conference can depend on each person’s expenses. The most basic expenses are travel fare and hotel. Additional expenses include food, activities and shopping (NSA apparel, souvenirs, auction items, etc.). It varies widely between individuals, and you can budget to spend as little or as much as you see fit. Back to top

Are there scholarships available? Yes. Thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors and many of our members, we are pleased to announce that scholarships are available. Click here for an application or contact Tammy Flores at TFlores@WeStutter.org or phone 1-800 We Stutter (937-8888) for details.  In addition to scholarships, we are honored to offer free registration for all those who are currently serving, or who have served, in our armed forces.  Please contact our National Office for more information or to verify/register. Back to top

Can I register for the conference on-line? Yes! Register today online or via mail/fax/email (PDF)!  Be sure to complete your registration by Thursday June 19, 2014.  After June 19th, you may only register on site. Back to top

Travel information

How do I get to Washington, DC? The majority of attendees will fly. However, attendees living in surrounding states may choose to drive or find another form of transportation. It is up to each person to choose which mode of travel is best for them. Back to top

Are there ways to save on travel and lodging costs? We have some great options to help reduce the costs of travel and lodging. First, if you are traveling alone, consider staying with a roommate. Right away, you can cut the price in half, and you will be able to make a new friend! Also, if you are flying, BOOK EARLY. Check your local airline websites, so you can lock in a great price for a fare. Back to top

What airport do I fly into? The nearest airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which is about 15 minutes from where the Renaissance DC is located. be sure to check out the other airports as well as they might offer cheaper flights.

(DCA) Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – Hotel direction: 5 mile(s) N
(IAD) Washington Dulles International Airport – Hotel direction: 28 mile(s) E
(BWI) Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport - Hotel direction: 32 mile(s) SW
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Can you tell me which airline I should fly into Washington, DC? The closest airport to the hotel is Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) which is about 10-15 minutes away. Additionally, we are happy to offer a slight discount through Tzell Travel if you are flying on American Airlines or Delta.

Delta.com - Enter code NMH33 to receive 2%-5% off of a discounted/restricted fare or 10% off of a full/non-restricted fare. Discount is good for travel to DCA, BWI, and IAD for travel between June 29 and July 9.

AA.com - Enter code 2164DG to receive 5% off of applicable fares. Discount is good for travel to DCA, BWI, and IAD for travel dates between June 29 and July 9.

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How can I get from the airport to the hotel? Once again, we were able to secure a great deal with SuperShuttle, for our Washington, DC conference. Prices below do not include gratuity.

Round trip from Washington National (DCA) – $25.20

Round trip from Washington Dulles (IAD) – $52.20

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Are maps of the local area available? Yes, you can get a map of the local area upon arriving at the hotel or you can click here to check out the area ahead of time. Back to top

Hotel information

Do I need to stay at the conference hotel? It is highly recommended you stay at the conference hotel for a number of reasons: Our hotel will be the central location for all things NSA. You’ll never have to worry about missing any type of workshop or get-together! The NSA has secured the best rate available for your hotel room: $159/night (a great rate considering the location!). The NSA conference is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We have agreed to purchase a block of rooms from the hotel that need to be occupied. All the money raised goes directly to the NSA. In essence, if you don’t stay at the hotel, you may be costing the NSA money because the NSA is contractually obligated to pay for the reserved block of rooms. Back to top

Where is the hotel and how can I make reservations? This year’s conference hotel is the Renaissance DC Downtown, located in the chic Penn Quarter district, between Capitol Hill and the White House. To make reservations, please visit our group reservation site by clicking here. For more information on the hotel, please check out: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasrb-renaissance-washington-dc-downtown-hotelBack to top

How do I get a roommate?

Need a roommate?  We can help!  Check out our 31st Annual NSA Conference event on Facebook and get the word out that you’re looking.  Those seeking roommates will be able to connect, get to know one another, and make plans ahead of time rather than being assigned a roommate.  This forum is meant to facilitate initial connections with other conference attendees seeking roommates; please remember never to share personal information in a public forum.  Not on Facebook?  Not a problem!  Contact us at Info@WeStutter.org if you are unable to secure a roommate for yourself and one will be assigned to you. Back to top

Is there parking at the hotel and conference site? Parking is available for hotel guests on-site for just $25/day for self-park or $30/day for valet (non-guests $40 for 3-24 hours). Back to top

Workshops and Speakers

Who are the keynote speakers going to be? We are thrilled to announce that the 31st Annual NSA Conference Keynote Speaker is our own Jody Fuller! Jody Fuller, a lifetime stutterer, is a comic, speaker, writer, and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq.  Read more about Jody and all special guests at our Annual Conference on our Special Guest Information page. Back to top

What is the schedule for the workshops? We are currently gathering submissions for workshops and will share our final schedule early to mid-June. Back to top

Who schedules the workshops and how are they chosen? Our Executive Director, Tammy Flores, along with a committee, will be scheduling all of the adult workshops. The Family Programs Committee schedules all Family Programs workshops, for parents, kids, ‘tweens, and teens. Workshop committees review all workshops for content, applicability, and presenter(s). Back to top

Can I lead a workshop myself? If so, how? Yes, you can. Fill out the Workshop Proposal Form in PDF format and email or fax it in. We are always looking for new, appropriate and original workshops! Back to top

Are consumers welcome at the ASHA CEU workshops? Yes. (By the way, ASHA is the American Speech/Language and Hearing Association and CEU is Continuing Education Unit. These are both professional and academic terms.) Back to top

How much do ASHA CEU workshops cost (both for professionals and consumers)? For SLPs wanting CEUs there is a special rate for the entire conference. This fee includes conference materials, handouts (when applicable), workshops, and continuing education units. Complete and submit your registration today online or via mail/fax/email (PDF)Back to top

When is the Chapter Leader workshop this year? Chapter leader training begins Thursday morning from 7:45AM – 10:00AM with the Adult Chapter leader workshop. There will also be a Leadership Workshop for TwST (Teens Who Stutter) and NSAKids leaders. If you are a chapter leader or would like to become a chapter leader for an Adult, TwST, or NSA Kids chapter, this workshop is a must. Leadership development, chapter growth, leader support, and more will be addressed. Be sure to arrive at the hotel on or before Wednesday night. Back to top

Activities

What is the basic structure of the conference? Check out the NSA Annual Conference link for an excellent explanation of what goes on and when at our annual conference. Back to top

What are the tours and activities available? You asked for more events at the Annual Conference that keep us all together, so this year our events are all about spending time together! Join us:

Wednesday night bingo:

Conference attendees of all ages (parents must accompany children) are invited to join new friends and conference veterans for fun, food, and a few rounds of bingo. Take a chance and test your luck, you just may get a win and take home one of the many fun prizes we will have on hand.

Price: $8/person (initial buy-in includes two cards; additional cards and refreshments will be available for purchase).

Wednesday AM – DC Ducks Tour:
Tour begins at 8:00AM SHARP, transportation will depart from the hotel beginning at 7:15AM

See Washington, DC on the land and water with this most unique adventure. Traveling in original WW II DUKW amphibious vehicles, this 90-minute tour will take you through the city of Washington, DC before splashing down into the Potomac River for the most unique tour of DC you will ever experience! Price: $41 (includes transportation).

Wednesday – United States Capitol Building Walking Tour: The United States Capitol Building is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. Learn how Congress and the Capitol have changed along with the country and explore how the Capitol Building was used during the Civil War. We have a very limited number of free tickets available on a first come, first served basis for a Capitol Building guided tour on Wednesday. Please register sooner than later if you are interested. Guided tours of the historic Capitol begin at one of the Capitol Visitor Center’s orientation theaters with a 13-minute film, “Out of Many, One,” followed by visits to the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. All tours begin and end at the Capitol Visitor Center. Please note that the NSA provides entry tickets only, and no transportation will be provided (options include Metro, taxi, or 1.3 mile walk). Donation of $15 is greatly appreciated.

Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies Baseball Game: The bus will depart the Renaissance at 4:30PM for a game start of 6:10PM. Check out the Washington Nationals as they go head-to-head with the Colorado Rockies.  National Park is the first LEED-certified green major professional sports stadium in the United States, located along the Anacostia River in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington, DC. Price of $41 includes game ticket (Section 221: Rows 3-10) and transportation.

Thursday evening

Washington by Water Monuments Cruise:
Cruise will leave the dock at 8:30PM SHARP, transportation will depart from hotel lobby beginning at 6:45PM.

See the majestic Washington DC monuments like never before! Whether you’re a resident of DC or you’re visiting for the first time, you will be sure to enjoy seeing the city’s monuments from a new perspective as you cruise down the Potomac River. The river conveniently runs rights right alongside the Capitol for stunning city views. Highlights include the Jefferson Memorial, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Washington Monument, Memorial Bridge, and the 14th Street Bridge. Admission (12 and over) $45; Child Admission (2-11) $27 (includes transportation).

4th of July

What better place to celebrate the birth of our nation than our nation’s capital?! Due to the overwhelming size of our group and popularity of the National Mall’s 4th of July firework show, we will not be organizing an ‘official’ fireworks viewing this year, but rest assured that all you will need to do is step outside on Friday evening to get the best view around!  Many options are available for viewing from local establishments or from the grounds of the National Mall itself, and we encourage you to explore, grab a group, and enjoy the show! Back to top

Professionals 

Are SLP students welcome to attend the conference? You’re MORE than just welcome; we’d love to have you! You’ll learn more about people who stutter in these four days than you’ll learn in three years in school! Back to top

Are there going to be ASHA CEU workshops? Yes, there will be plenty of ASHA (American Speech/Language and Hearing Association) CEU (Continuing Education Unit) workshops to choose from. Typically, we try to have at least (4) different CEU sessions per day. The conference program will list all the different sessions that will be offering CEUs. In addition, there will also be a variety of non-CEU workshop opportunities for speech pathologists to attend. Many workshops led by leading SLPs in the country will be offered throughout the conference. There will be a number of not to be missed adult workshops offered including ‘Covert Stuttering’ and other informative, educational, and enlightening workshops. These will give you an opportunity to hear the personal stories of people who stutter. Back to top

Who are going to be the CEU speakers? We are currently accepting workshop submissions and are in the process of reviewing them. Please check back in June 2014. Back to top

Will I be able to receive CEUs for the entire conference and what is the cost? YES! SLPs can now earn CEUs for attending the entire conference. We will be offering up to 1.5 CEUs for the conference this year. Please check back in June for an update regarding the various sessions that will be offered for CEUs. Back to top

What types of other workshops are available for SLPs? There are many other “regular” workshops that SLPs and SLP students will also be interested in. As the workshops are approved we will be posting them online, so be sure to watch the conference workshops section of our website. There will be a variety of opportunities for speech pathologists to attend workshops designed with the needs of SLPs in mind. Many workshops led by leading SLPs in the country will be offered throughout the conference. There will be a number of not to be missed adult workshops offered including ‘Covert Stuttering’ and other informative, educational, and enlightening workshops. These will give you an opportunity to hear the personal stories of people who stutter. Back to top

Children, ‘Tweens, Teens, and Families

What will be available for children and teens who stutter and their families? We have workshops specifically planned for kids, tweens and teens who stutter, as well as their parents and siblings. In addition, there are regular adult workshops that everyone is welcome to attend. Please check out the Family Information section for detailed information. Back to top

Miscellaneous

How can I get involved?

  • Present a workshop: Have an idea for a workshop? Fill out a Workshop Proposal Form and return it to us to submit your idea. We are always looking for new, appropriate and original workshops. You might just be chosen as a workshop leader at this year’s conference!
  • Volunteer: Fill out the ‘Volunteer’ section of your conference registration form, or contact us at Info@WeStutter.org for more information on volunteer opportunities at this year’s conference.
  • Donate an auction item: Have something in mind to donate for either our Live or Silent Auction? Fill out an Auction Item Request Form to let us know the details! Want to ask a business to donate their items/services? We have an Auction Letter Template to help you.
  • Make a conference donation: Make a special donation to the NSA and earmark it to go toward something that is near and dear to your heart. Perhaps you want to put money toward a scholarship that will help someone afford to attend the conference, or provide funding that will go toward supplies for a specific workshop? Either way, your contribution is always tax-deductible. Also consider soliciting family, friends, or a favorite or local business, inviting them to forge a partnership with the NSA by making a donation. Feel free to use our Donation Request Letter Template.
  • Become a corporate sponsor: You can show your support by becoming a corporate sponsor and buying an ad in our conference program (remember, your donation is tax-deductible!). Check out our Corporate Sponsorship link for specifics and prices. Back to top

I have a question that is not covered here. Who do I ask?

There are many ways to reach us at the National Stuttering Association before the conference begins, or once you arrive at the conference, you can ask questions at the registration desk.

  • Phone: 1-800-937-8888
  • E-mail: info@westutter.org
  • Facebook/Twitter Please become a fan of the NSA on Facebook! We always respond in a timely manner to all comments and messages.

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