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DRS 2020 Annual Meeting - CANCELLED

Wednesday, March 4, 2020   (0 Comments)

After careful consideration, the DRS Board of Directors has decided to cancel this year’s conference in Puerto Rico due to the growing spread of the COVID-19 virus. A number of participants and speakers have already reported they would be unable to attend this year, and the potential is more will be in a similar situation shortly. Your health and safety is our top priority. We will follow-up with all registered attendees to review the process for refunding registration.


A special thank you to all involved in helping make the best and most informed decision possible. Notably the Caribe Hilton and everyone in Puerto Rico who have been extremely understanding and gracious in their support of this decision. We are committed to return to Puerto Rico for a future conference.


Room Reservations and Travel Arrangements

The hotel will still honor the conference room rate for anyone that is still planning to travel. If you are no longer planning to travel, please contact the hotel as soon as possible to cancel your room reservation. The standard deadline for cancelling without penalty is 1 week prior to your arrival. Call 1-800-445-8667 to cancel your reservations. You can also use the attached letter to assist with any other cancelled or modified travel arrangements required because of this change.


Online Courses

We are in the process of planning to offer this year’s program online. This would include invited speakers, and both oral and poster presenters. Specific details and registration for this online course will be shared in the near future. These sessions will be recorded and available to members after they are approved for continuing education. An Annual General Membership Meeting will also be recorded and available for members to view later for those unable to participate live.


It is important for us to make sure that all registered attendees confirm receipt of this message. Please reply to confirm that you received this message by emailing and understand the conference in Puerto Rico has been cancelled, and that you are personally responsible to cancel your hotel reservation and any other related travel arrangements.


I am sorry we needed to cancel and we hope you understand.




Susan Langmore, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

President, Dysphagia Research Society

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