The National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association invites you to attend the 2020 NSDA Symposium on Saturday, May 2. As our 30th anniversary year of the organization comes to a close, we are “going back home” to the Detroit area where the NSDA was founded. Though time has passed, we are still dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by spasmodic dysphonia and related voice conditions through research, education, awareness, and support.
We have an exciting program planned. This event will host some of the leading experts in the field of spasmodic dysphonia and related voice conditions while providing the opportunity to meet others who share a similar experience. It will be reflective of the past and look forward to future advances in treatment and research. We hope you will join us for fellowship, education, and fun!
What can you expect if you attend the 2020 NSDA Symposium?
- A Welcome Party on Friday evening prior to the symposium where you will have an opportunity to meet others and share YOUR story about living with a voice condition
- The NSDA Ambassador Program that pairs first time with returning attendees
- Updates on the latest developments, including cutting-edge research on spasmodic dysphonia and related voice conditions from experts in the fields of laryngology and speech and language pathology
- Your questions answered during panel discussions with the medical presenters
- A special private screening of the short film, Cookie, followed by a Q&A with its creator, Shane Hartline
- A 30th Anniversary panel comprised of the founders of the NSDA
Confirmed Medical Speakers
Joel Blumin, MD | Glendon Gardner, MD| Norman D. Hogikyan, MD | Jürgen Konczak, PhD | Ross Mayerhoff, MD | Michael Rolnick, PhD, CCC-SLP | Michael Rontal, MD | Adam Rubin | Bruce Silverman, DO | Daniel Truong, MD | Caroline Ziegler, CCC-SLP
Special 30th Anniversary of the NSDA Panel Presentation
Dr. Daniel Truong, Founder of the NSDA, Larry Kolasa, Founding President of the NSDA, and Drs. Rolnick, Rontal, and Silverman will comprise a special panel reflecting on the history of the organization as we wrap up the 30th anniversary of the NSDA.
Private Screening of the Short Film, Cookie
We will be hosting a private screening of the short film, Cookie, at the Symposium. It tells the story of a young woman, who after losing her voice to a debilitating vocal condition, fights to find it again to pursue her dream of acting. It will be followed by a question and answer session with the film’s creator Shane Hartline. Shane has lived with spasmodic dysphonia since early childhood but it did not stop him from pursuing his goals of acting and now producing and directing.
Registration and Optional Dinner Fees
NSDA Member Registration Fee: $55
Non-Member Registration Fee: $70
Student Registration Fee: $30
Optional Saturday Night Dinner: $50
Optional: Saturday Dinner
Join us as we wrap up the 30th Anniversary of the NSDA and look forward to the future with an optional dinner at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The cost for dinner is $50.
A special room rate of $129 plus tax per night has been secured for the meeting. This rate is available until April 6, 2020, or until it is filled, whichever comes first. Click here to make a room reservation.
All the rooms are two-room suites that include separate living and sleeping spaces, two HDTVs, refrigerator, microwave, wet bar, and coffeemaker. Enjoy free breakfast and evening reception, indoor pool, and an ideal location only 20 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, downtown Michigan and Ann Arbor.
The closest airport is the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). The hotel is located about 25 minutes from the airport. Airport transportation options include cab or a ride-share service like Uber or Lyft. The cost is between $35-50 each way.
Self-parking at the hotel is free for both hotel guests and attendees of the conference.
Casual attire is appropriate for the symposium. Since the hotel is air-conditioned, bringing a sweater or jacket is advisable. We cannot control the temperature in the meeting rooms.
NSDA Ambassador Program
NSDA Symposiums provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with others living with spasmodic dysphonia and related voice conditions. For first-time attendees, we host an NSDA Ambassador Program. We will try to match people of similar background with another experienced attendee to help answer questions and be a “point-person” at the symposium. If you have been to a NSDA Symposium or similar type meeting, we encourage you to sign up to be an Ambassador on the registration form. A follow-up survey will be sent to you after you register with additional details.
We hope you join us for our exciting meeting in the Detroit area!