Symposium Frequently Asked Questions

 

Please use the links below to answer commonly asked questions:

1. Are you going to offer credit or ASHA CEUs?
2. Can I receive partial graduate credit from Adams State?
3. Can I receive partial credit for the CEUs offered by CDE?
4. How do I register using my credit card?
5. How do you set the cost for the pre-conference and conference registration?
6. Things that are typically out of our control:
7. Why didn’t I receive handouts for every speaker/session?
8. What is your refund policy?
9. Is there a registration limit for the symposium? If so, why?
10. Why has the symposium venue moved south?
11. I would like to see a greater variety of breakout speakers at the symposium. Does the Metro committee pay for breakout speakers?
12. Why has the cost of the symposium gradually increased over the last several years?
13. Why does the symposium run so late on Friday nights?
14. Why wasn't my registration accepted?
15. Why can't I view the speaker handouts?
16. Is there Wi-Fi?
17. How do I make a special dietary request?

Are you going to offer credit or ASHA CEUs?
At this point we will be offering graduate credit from Adams State University and CDE recertification credit. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer ASHA CEUs as we were not able to secure a corporate sponsor to cover the costs associated with offering ASHA CEUs. These CDE clock hours and graduate credits will not appear in your ASHA CE registry.

Preconference
*7.5 hours of CDE recertification credit (free)
*.5 semester hours of Adams State Credit ($27.50)

Conference:
*15 hours of CDE recertification credit (free)
*1.0 semester hours of Adams State Credit ($55)
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Can I receive partial graduate credit from Adams State?
Due to Adams State University’s requirements for contact hours, no partial credit is available. While we understand that there may be circumstances where full attendance may not be possible, we cannot make exceptions. Your reflection must be complete, no sections should be left blank.

Can I receive partial credit for the CEUs offered by CDE?
CEUs are offered by CDE. CDE’s policy is that an attendee may not receive a CDE certificate if they have not attended the full event. CDE no longer requires the stickers for session attendance or passport. You will receive your certificate of attendance at the conclusion of the Pre-Conference and the Conference sessions. While we understand that there may be circumstances where full attendance may not be possible, we cannot make exceptions.

How can I register using my credit card??
For the convenience of our attendees, Metro will now accept credit cards via PayPal. You may pay for the pre-conference and the conference using the drop down menu on the registration page. You will be registered and do not need to mail in a registration page separately. Your PayPal receipt is your receipt for the event, no other receipt will be sent to you.

Place requests for special meals in the “Special Instructions” box – only vegetarian OR gluten free can be honored.

**If you are registering or paying on behalf of someone else – please place the attendee’s name in the “Special Instructions” box or as the shipping recipient’s name and address.

How do you set the cost for the pre-conference and conference registration?
Since we are a non-profit organization we try very hard to set our costs for the registration to literally break even. Your registration fees pay for the hotel rental, meal costs, audio-visual equipment, keynote speakers and printing. Unfortunately, CDE has undergone significant budget cuts but we are thankful that CDE is still able to help with the cost of bringing in nationally known keynote speakers for our conference.

Things that are typically out of our control:
Temperature of the rooms – we suggest dressing in layers.

Bathrooms – we have requested for the hotel staff to bus the bathroom during the sessions to help minimize problems. If you notice the bathrooms need attention, please report it to the front desk immediately.

Quality of the food – We strive to provide you with highest quality and most affordable continuing education conference possible; therefore, catering choices are made to balance cost while keeping food quality high.

Why didn’t I receive handouts for every speaker/session?
Keynote handouts are printed and made available to attendees. A limited number of Short Course handouts are available on a first come, first serve availability, based on registration numbers. Not all breakout speakers provide handouts as requested. All Breakout speaker handouts are posted on our website approximately 2 weeks before and after the Symposium. Attendees should either print handouts or download them onto their tablet. In order to keep costs and therefore registration as low as possible, free WiFi is not available to attendees (please contact the venue about purchasing WiFi access if you are interested). It is HIGHLY recommended that you print handouts before your arrival at the venue.

What is your refund policy?
- There will be a $50 fee for cancellations received on or before the date 10 days prior to the first day of the symposium.

- No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 10 days before the first day of the annual symposium.

- Registration is not transferrable.

- All cancellations must be sent in writing via e-mail to register@metrospeechlanguagenetwork.org

Is there a registration limit for the symposium? If so, why?
Yes -- Symposium registration is limited each year due to the host hotel's seating capacity. Therefore, it’s important to register early! We do keep a waiting list for registrations we receive after the symposium is full. We contact people on the waiting list as we receive notice that folks who are already registered will not be able to attend.

Why has the symposium venue moved south?
As the symposium has grown in terms of the number of SLP’s wishing to attend each year, the Metro committee has sought out venues that have enough space to accommodate our group and also offer free parking. Many of the hotels that we researched in or near downtown Denver either did not have the capacity to accommodate our participants or would have required attendees to pay $10-25/day for each car parked. Committee members felt that moving the symposium a bit further south was preferable to putting stricter limits on attendance and/or to requiring participants to pay for parking. Our current venue also provides the best value and has the largest bathroom set up of other venues.

I would like to see a greater variety of breakout speakers at the symposium. Does the Metro committee pay for breakout speakers? The planning and execution of the Symposium is handled by a committee of volunteers. All Metro committee members and breakout speakers are volunteers, and all Metro committee members work hard to recruit breakout speakers throughout the year. However, our control of the topics presented is limited naturally by our ability to recruit volunteer speakers with expertise in a variety of areas. Speaker agreements are available each year on our website, usually beginning in September. If you are aware of SLPs or related professionals who would make great speakers for our symposium, feel free to direct them to our website (www.metrospeechlanguagenetwork.org). The more speakers we have wishing to participate, the greater chance we have to offer a variety of topics.

Why has the cost of the symposium gradually increased over the last several years?
The Metro Speech-Language Network strives to keep the symposium affordable to SLPs. Expenses and fees (i. e. keynote speakers, venue, A/V, food, credit card fees, etc) increase annually. Symposium registration fees are raised only when it is apparent that our operating budget does not have the flexibility to absorb costs in excess of registration fees.

Why does the symposium run so late on Friday nights?
Typically, the symposium starts after work/school hours due to the fact that many school districts do not allow their employees to use continuing education hours earned during the work day towards a pay step increase. Due to our getting a later start, we must run the Friday night keynote speaker until 10 PM in order to squeeze in the full number of hours of learning activities granted for the day. Our requirements for how hours are counted is dictated by our relationships with Adams State University and with CDE in terms of what they require for offering a full 1 hour of graduate credit (or contact hours for CDE inservice hours) for the two day symposium. Certificates of attendance for the Pre-Conference and the Conference are available at the conclusion of those entire sessions. You may use either the conference certificate or ASU credit to fulfill your ASHA continuing education requirements.

Why wasn't my registration accepted?
Registration is limited by the number of seats the hotel can accommodate. If your registration was not accepted, it is because the maximum capacity has been reached. The Metro Speech – Language Network is not responsible for lost or misdirected registrations.

Why can't I view the speaker handouts?
Often times the problem is with certain Internet Browsers. We recommend using Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome. There have been known compatibility issues with Internet Explorer.

If you are a symposium speaker, we recommend that you convert all handouts to PDF format, which will make it easier for users to view and download your files. Please convert all Word and PowerPoint documents to PDF before submitting your documents to be placed on our website.

Is there Wi-Fi?
In order to keep costs and therefore registration as low as possible, free WiFi is not available to attendees. Please contact the venue about purchasing WiFi access, if you are interested.

How do I make a special dietary request?
If requesting a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free meal, please state that in the “special instructions” box OR email that meal request to metroslpnetwork@gmail.com, with "MEAL REQUEST" in the subject line. No adjustments to registration fees will be made if attendees bring their own food. PLEASE NOTE: meal requests sent to other email addresses will not be honored. All special meal requests must be received 10 days prior to the event, no exceptions.

Still have questions? Email us at info@metrospeechlanguagenetwork.org