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Do I need a visa to attend the congress?

Depending on your country of origin, you may need a visa for entry into Japan. There are 68 countries where Nationals and Citizens do not require a visa to visit Japan for a short stay. For more information about visa requirements and applications, please see the following links:

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I cannot afford the congress fees, are there any bursaries or discounts available?

Delegate fees will be published on the website as soon as they have been finalized. It is likely that there will be a limited number of bursaries available to facilitate congress attendance. 

Application has been made to support student and junior faculty World Congress travel and accommodation to the US National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Its recent review was very favorable. Although no firm commitments can be made until NIDCD Council meets in late January 2018, we are optimistic, given its very positive review score,  that a bursary to support student and junior faculty attendance at the World Congress will be made available in early spring. This award would also sponsor a separate series of educational seminars) to aid younger researchers in grant preparation and manuscript publication. Once funding is confirmed, applications for travel support will be made available and review will occur quickly to ensure best support for junior researcher attendance at the World Congress. Awardees will also be granted a waiver of the congress registration fee.

The International Fluency Association (IFA) is also offering its members who are in financial need the opportunity to apply for bursaries to assist with the costs of congress registration and travel. The IFA bursary scheme will be open for applications from full IFA members, who have had a presentation accepted for inclusion in the congress programme, and who are planning to attend the four days of the congress. Further details of the application and review process will be made available in due course.

The other organisations involved in the collaboration are currently considering the possibility of offering similar schemes for their members. Information will be published on the congress website as it becomes available.

I do not have a Pay Pal account, is there another way I can pay?

Once Registration has opened, please Contact us if you have any queries about Registration and alternative payment options.

Is there a dress code for the congress?

We want everyone at the congress to feel welcome and relaxed and would encourage you to wear whatever you feel comfortable in.


I can no longer attend the congress, what should I do? Can I get a refund? Can someone else attend in my place?

Once Registration has opened, details regarding refund procedures, and the possibility of transferring Registration to someone else will be published on the website.


Will I automatically get a receipt for my registration?



Are CEUs (Continuing Education Units) being offered for this congress?

Application is being made to approve this meeting for ASHA CEUs. In addition to those licensed to practice in the US, we have been advised that these CEUs will also be applicable to the regional continuing education requirements for those licensed to practice in the UK, Canada or Australia. For more information, please contact Nan Ratner: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Will there be a paper program at the congress?

There will be a congress app that you can download for your mobile or tablet so that you can access an electronic programme. Details of how to do this will be released closer to the congress. There will, however, also be a program available on this website that you can download and print for yourself if you would like a paper program.


I am having trouble registering, who can I contact?

Please Contact us if you have any queries about Registration.


How many people will be there?

As this collaborative congress is a new venture, it is difficult to be sure how many people will attend. However, based on previous events held by the organizations involved, we are predicting 350 - 500 attendees, representing 6 continents and over 25 countries.


Who can attend the congress?

This congress is primarily for people who stutter and/or clutter, researchers, and therapists, although anyone is welcome to attend, including family members. 


If I have any problems or questions who could I contact?

Please see our Contact us page if you have any queries or concerns.


Which airport is the closest to the congress? 

Hiroshima Airport. Please see the 'Travel' section under the 'Congress Details' tab for more information about international flights and connecting airports.


Do I need to stay at a recommended hotel?

We are currently talking with some local hotels and will try to recommend a range of accommodation options and organise discounted rates at hotels close to the conference center, but you do not have to choose any of our recommendations. More details about accommodation can be found under the 'Congress Details' tab and will be added to as negotiations are concluded. There will be a closed Facebook group which is a great forum to discuss accommodation options and room or house sharing should you wish. Once this has been set up, the details will be published on the website so you can access the group.


Will there be Wi-Fi during the congress?

Yes. There will be free Wi-Fi available throughout the International Conference Center in Hiroshima.


I have a question not covered here, who can I ask? 

Please see our Contact us page if you have any queries or concerns.



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