Frequently Asked Questions
I have never been to a convention before, what should I expect?
What is the dress code at FRIENDS?
Please dress comfortably. Our convention is very casual. Some people choose to change into a little dressier clothing for our Saturday night dinner/karaoke dance.
Where do people eat and hang out while at FRIENDS?
Right at the hotel! An important component to the FRIENDS convention is sharing meals together. Breakfast and lunch are included every day as part of registration, and dinner on Thursday and Saturday. There are also restaurants outside of the hotel, but some of our best experiences take place during “down time”, during mealtimes, and social gatherings in the evenings. Also, please take advantage of our teen and adult hospitality rooms each night. It’s a perfect time to form friendship and socialize.
I’ve heard the FRIENDS is a non-for-profit, volunteer organization. How can I help support Friends?
The live auctions are enjoyable, exciting, and one of the main ways FRIENDS raises money to provide scholarships for families in need to attend the convention. 100% of every dollar raised goes directly back to FRIENDS. If you aren’t able to bid on anything this year, you can bring one or two auction items to the convention, items should be something YOU might like to bid on! For questions about the auctions, email Sarah Hankins at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also invite you to spread the word about Friends by sharing our new video (located on our homepage), as well as gifting us a donation. When you donate to Friends, you help us organize more conferences around the country, allowing us to reach more young people who stutter. You ensure that more parents are able to provide support for their children who stutter. You can learn more about how to support Friends here.
I’m a speech-language pathologist. Will I be able to earn ASHA CEUs at the Convention?
Yes, there will be plenty of ASHA (American Speech/Language and Hearing Association) CEU (Continuing Education Unit) workshops to choose from. CEU forms will be available at registration.