Essential Info for Attendees at the AFHE Convention

2022 CONVENTION DATES
Friday, July 15 & Saturday, July 16, 2022

LOCATION
Phoenix Convention Center, South Building
33 South Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

CHECKING IN
Registration counters in the main lobby of the South Building will open at 7:30 AM for attendees to pick up name badges.
The main lobby entrance is on the west side of the building.
Registration will be available onsite.

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
Friday, July 15 … 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Saturday, July 16 … 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Phoenix Convention Center South Building

NAME BADGES

Your name badge is your admission to workshops, keynotes, and the exhibit hall. Name badges must be worn at all times while at the AFHE Convention. Name badges may not be shared or transferred. First and last names are required on all name badges.

PICK UP YOUR NAME BADGE(S) ON-SITE
For those who register online, your name badges will be available for pick up on-site. Look for the PRE-REGISTRATION sign. Name badges will be not be mailed. The registration counter will open at 7:30 AM for pre-registered attendees to pick up their name badges and welcome bags, and for onsite registration (member and nonmember).

Those who register at the door will be issued a handwritten name badge at on-site registration.

VOLUNTEERS

The AFHE Convention is run almost entirely by volunteers. Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the annual Arizona Home Education Convention hosted by AFHE. Our volunteer workers help keep costs to a minimum while continuing to provide an excellent conference. We are thankful to each and every volunteer who helps to make this event a success!

Learn more information at the Volunteer webpage.
 
Volunteers who serve 5 or more hours* during the convention can earn free admission. Those interested in volunteering will complete an online application. Once your volunteer shifts are scheduled, you will receive a special registration link.

The opportunity to volunteer is a benefit of membership. Current AFHE Membership expiring August 1, 2022 or later is required.

*Six hours minimum to qualify for free admission for primary adult + spouse.

REFUND POLICY

AFHE Membership and Convention Registration are non-refundable and non-transferrable. If you are unable to attend this year’s AFHE Convention for some reason, please know that you are supporting a non-profit organization that serves the Arizona homeschool community all year long and we appreciate your support.

Unredeemed registrations are considered a tax-deductible contribution to AFHE and, upon written request, we will provide a receipt for tax purposes.

BOOK CHECK & STROLLER PARKING

We are pleased to provide a book check in the exhibit hall for your convenience. You’ll be able to leave your purchases and strollers for a small daily fee with our book check team. Claim numbers will be issued to allow you to pick up items or add to your stored items.

Stroller and wheeled cart parking is $3 per day with in-and-out privileges for the day.

Due to space limitations and the hazards of blocked aisles in workshop rooms, strollers will only be permitted in designated spaces in the back rows. Strollers and roller bags may be parked in the book check area (space available basis) for a small fee. Strollers and roller bags are fine in the Ballroom, exhibitor workshop classrooms, and in the exhibit halls.

ASL

ASL INTERPRETATION SERVICE

If requested no later than July 1 by a registered attendee, AFHE will secure the services of an ASL interpreter to serve in the Ballroom during the keynote sessions each day and in the workshop sessions offered in the Keynote Series (room 162-163) for both Friday and Saturday. We must also know by July 1 if interpreting services will be needed for any of our events taking place on Thursday, July 14 (You Can Homeschool!, Getting Started Homeschooling with Special Needs, and the Homeschooling through High School Intensive Course).
 
While we cannot guarantee we will be able to provide this service every year, we are thankful for the opportunity to do so again in 2022. Seats will be reserved at the front for deaf and hard of hearing in the Ballroom for the keynotes and workshops in the Keynote Series room.

If there are multiple attendees requiring interpreter services and not all of them wish to attend the workshop in the Keynote Series room at a particular time, those individuals may work together to agree on which workshop to have interpreted for that session on the schedule. We are able to hire one set of interpreters to work together for Friday and Saturday.

If you prefer to bring a friend or relative to interpret for you, we will provide free convention admission for this person to accompany you. Please contact us prior to July 1 to get them registered. In the exhibit hall, vendor booths will have signage indicating whether they have staff who are able to serve customers using ASL.

CONTINUING EDUCATION FORMS

AFHE will provide a Continuing Education form for foster parents, childcare workers, and others who need to accrue professional development hours. If you need a form, please ask at the registration counter. An AFHE representative will sign the form and the attendee will write in the workshops he/she attended along with the presenters’ names. AFHE does not have information about which sessions qualify for hours needed for the recipient.

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO USAGE

Photographs or video taken at this event may be published in the AFHE magazine, on the AFHE website, on AFHE social media pages, or in other AFHE publications. AFHE does not provide compensation or royalties in conjunction with publication or use of these materials. Any photographs, video, or audio used by AFHE from this event will be used with the purpose of celebrating and promoting homeschooling in Arizona.

PHOENIX CONVENTION CENTER FOOD POLICY

Aventura Catering is the exclusive provider of food and beverage at the Phoenix Convention Center.  Visitors to the Phoenix Convention Center are prohibited from bringing outside food and beverage into the facility. Aventura and AFHE have worked to provide expanded options that serve a wide range of dietary and budgetary interests for attendees at the 2022 AFHE Home Education Convention.  It is possible to make accommodations for a person with specific health concerns or an allergen-related need; please contact convention@afhe.org for more information.

Concessions located in the South Building (the location for our Convention) will offer an expanded menu developed specifically for our event, including more options for kids and more detailed labeling to address dietary concerns. MENU PREVIEW

Eateries in the North Building will also provide convenient dining options, and items purchased at these eateries are permitted in the South Building.
HOTEL RESERVATION LINK IS NOW LIVE
The Hyatt Regency Phoenix has offered a special group discount rate of $113 + tax up to quadruple occupancy, with a 25% discount on self-parking for those booking with our group. Use the reservation link (below) or mention that you are booking with Arizona Families for Home Education. Room availability is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N. Second Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-252-1234

The Hyatt Regency is a short two-block walk from the Phoenix Convention Center South Building. Breakfast and parking are not included; complimentary wireless internet is included.
NOTE: We filled our room block by early June the last time we were at the Hyatt. Book your room early to take advantage of the discount with our room block.

SCAM ALERT: AFHE does not contract with any other hotels nor do we have arrangements with any companies that book rooms for our event. Your privacy is important to us. We do not give out attendee information.

NOTE: If you have stayed at the Hyatt as part of AFHE’s room block during a previous AFHE Convention, you may have received an email from the Hyatt via Passkey. The link in that email matches the reservation link above and is legitimate.

DISCOUNT PARKING AVAILABLE
A $5/day parking pass is available for the Jefferson Street Garage, located just south of the Convention Center at 333 E. Jefferson Street. 
Pre-purchase your discount parking pass at ParkWhiz.com ; you will enter the address, date, and time frame for your pass. You can also find the offer by entering "Arizona Families for Home Education" in the search bar. Show the pass on your phone when you reach the parking garage.

Other parking is plentiful near the Phoenix Convention Center. Parking downtown costs approximately $15 per day. The Convention Center is also on the Valley Metro Lightrail route through downtown.

Visit dtphx.org for an interactive map with parking and road construction updates.

convention sponsors

Homeschool Vision Sponsor

Visit our SPONSORS page to learn more about these and our other outstanding sponsor partners. They are here to support you in your homeschool endeavors, and their generosity helps to keep AFHE serving the Arizona homeschool community year-round.
Service Team Sponsor