Look at What We've Accomplished Together
ASHA...Working With You
ASHA's Federal Advocacy Program needs you!
- Engaged more than 8,900 ASHA members to submit in excess of 28,250 messages to Congress and state legislators
- Worked with Congress to request a General Accounting Office investigation on special education paperwork burdens
- Tracked 1551 bills and 545 regulations related to speech-language pathologists and audiologists, with 81 pieces of legislation passed and 175 regulations adopted
Improving Coverage and Reimbursement
- Worked with a therapy cap coalition to have a majority of the House of Representatives (225 members) sign on to legislation to repeal the therapy caps—the largest support we have seen for this bill
- Participated in the valuation and passage of new audiology vestibular codes included in the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule [PDF] rule and also published in the 2015 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT © American Medical Association) Handbook
- Obtained Medicare coverage for the implementation of four new CPT evaluation codes related to voice and resonance, fluency, speech sound production, and language evaluation that are newly published in the 2014 CPT Handbook
For the Professions
Strengthening the Professions
- Implemented the 2014 SLP Standards for Certification, effective September 1, 2014, replacing the 2005 standards
- Received more than 12,000 applications for certification in speech-language pathology and audiology in 2014, a record-breaking increase of 40% from the previous year
- Provided research career mentoring for 255 students and more than 75 early stage scientists in CSD to support academic and research careers
- Conducted the annual CSD Education Survey to help track trends in the CSD pipeline and make informed decisions about the future supply of CSD personnel, achieving a record-breaking 93% response rate
- Launched Quality Indicators 2.0: A Tool for Integrating Research and Clinical Practice, an updated self-assessment instrument designed for CSD programs to assess their use of evidence-based practice to inform clinical decision making
- Developed and distributed a 2014–2015 Academic Year calendar of ASHA Award, Mentoring, and Research Education Programs and Events to help students and faculty stay connected
- Made available more than 35,000 course offerings through ASHA Approved CE Providers
- Conducted a telepractice survey in collaboration with SIG 18 to identify reimbursement and licensure trends among ASHA members using telepractice
- Initiated a collaborative effort with AOTA and APTA to develop a Consensus Statement on Clinical Judgment in Health Care Settings to address concerns about workplace pressures
- Developed online handouts illustrating development of functional goals using the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
- Developed a webpage on interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative practice with an introductory PowerPoint
- Coordinated the mentoring of more than 350 undergraduate and graduate CSD students through the S.T.E.P. mentoring program
- Celebrated 10 years of the S.T.E.P. mentoring program and honored 80 individuals for their commitment to mentoring
- Received ASAE's highest honor, the Summit Award, in recognition of ASHA's diversity recruitment programs, S.T.E.P. and the MSLP
- Celebrated 15 years of the MSLP, in which more than 500 students have been prepared for leadership development opportunities
- Graduated 59 members from ASHA's Leadership Development Program, for a grand total of 207 graduates since inception of the program in 2007
- Awarded $661,475 to 70 talented researchers, students, and clinicians through the generosity of more than 6,000 individual, corporate, and organization donors to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
- Held a transformative Implementation Science Summit via the ASHFoundation, bringing together expert speakers across several disciplines to address the science of integrating research into practice, including conceptual and methodological issues, implementation models, and research funding
- Conducted surveys, such as the 2014 Schools Survey, to gather information about important issues, monitor trends, and provide data for advocacy efforts
- Expanded the Practice Portal with new topics and additional subject matter experts, to provide easy access to the best available evidence, expertise, resources, and tools to guide evidence-based clinical decision making.
- Continued to grow the number of CLARC (Clinicians and Researchers Collaborating) participants, to help clinicians and researchers find each other for the purpose of establishing research collaborations
- Worked with CAA to reaccredit 38 academic programs for an 8-year cycle, award initial accreditation to two programs for a 5-year cycle, award candidacy to 3 new programs, place 4 programs on probation, remove 4 programs from probation, and review approximately 200 annual reports from accredited programs
- Received continued recognition for CAA by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for the maximum 10-year cycle as a nationally recognized, quality accreditation program that promotes excellence in graduate education in audiology and speech-language pathology
Raising Awareness About the Professions
- Used traditional, digital, and social media to reach an audience of approximately half a billion for the Identify the Signs campaign, with roughly 36 million reached during Better Hearing and Speech Month
- Received survey responses from more than 300 attendees of the 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in regard to their interest in the Identify the Signs campaign, beginning a strong connection with the pediatric community to act on in 2015
- Honored Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP; Patti Martin, PhD, CCC-A; Yadira Medina-Torres, MS, CCC-SLP; and Sonja Pruitt-Lord, PhD, CCC-SLP as 2014 Media Champions for their efforts in fostering media relations that benefit the professions
- Reached an audience of millions for the International Communication Project, generating hundreds of press releases globally
- Presented seven concerts attended by more than 2,000 youngsters as part of Listen To Your Buds, an ongoing campaign that has attracted the interest of the World Health Organization (WHO), which requested that ASHA act in an advisory role on a planned WHO launch of a 2015 noise-induced hearing loss prevention campaign
For a Better Tomorrow
Providing Tools You Need to Succeed
- Conferred the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) to 5,000 individuals
- Assembled a distinguished faculty for the 2014 Audiology Online Conference on Genetics and Hearing Loss
- Launched a new half-price introductory NSSLHA membership category in 2014, which was chosen by more than 800 students
- Began accepting externship opportunities on ASHA's Online Career Center
- Updated the job seeker and employer portion of ASHA's Online Career Center to accommodate job postings and résumés related to audiology assistants and speech-language pathology assistants
- Awarded $50,000 to fund projects on multicultural activities, including the development of resources for working with Mandarin Chinese speakers with hearing loss, LGBTQ parents and their children, dual language learners in an online reading program, and young children from Mexican families
- Launched ASHAWire, featuring The ASHA Leader, the ASHA journals, and the SIG Perspectives in one fully interconnected platform with 40 topic collections
- Launched a new online version of The ASHA Leader, now featuring "news you can use" columns, research highlights, and social media and blog roundups right on the Leader homepage, along with the new Leader flipbook and app that allow readers to page through the magazine electronically on PCs and mobile devices, and save and share PDFs of Leader articles
- Switched to a quarterly publication frequency for the American Journal of Audiology to accommodate the increasing amount of research being published
- Launched an inaugural "in-service" program (hybrid format), which focused on collaborative solutions for the Common Core State Standards
- Hosted six innovative conferences in 2014, each tailored to meet the needs of specific audiences within our professional community and featuring late-breaking content, renowned speakers, and engaging learning formats
- Two in-person conferences:
- Four online conferences:
- Audiology 2014: Genetics and Hearing Loss
- Autism: Supporting Social Cognition in Schools
- Improving Communication of People With Several Disabilities: Interprofessional Strategies
- Neurodegenerative Disorders: Maximizing Patient Outcomes
Helping You Stay Connected
- Handled more than 140,000 calls and 44,000 e-mails (email@example.com) to the Action Center
- Added essays on Hearing Loss and Aging, Auditory Effects of Blast Exposure, and more to the archive of the Access Audiology e-newsletter
- Produced six issues of the Access Academics and Research, Access Audiology, Access Schools, and Access SLP Health Care e-newsletters, and continued the School Matters column in The ASHA Leader on topics relevant to school-based practice
- Continued to grow ASHA's social media presence—with more than 80,000 fans on our Facebook page, more than 12,000 people following ASHA's 31 Pinterest boards, just over 10,000 followers on ASHA's LinkedIn company page, and 27,000+ Twitter followers, members actively connect through hashtags such as #SLPeeps, #AUDPeeps, #BHSM, and #ASHA14
- Continued to grow the ASHA Community—with more than 93,000 members who have logged in and posted more than 65,000 messages since its launch in October 2011, and with more than 8,500 members who have downloaded the mobile app to seamlessly connect and interact with their colleagues
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ASHA Makes a Difference
- Nationally recognized certification
- Access to the latest research
- A proven track record on critical legislative and regulatory issues at all levels of government
- Professional consultation with staff experts
- Latest knowledge and information from fellow CSD professionals
- A wealth of online resources
- Tools for marketing our professions to consumers
- Access to more than 250 continuing education courses
- Unparalleled networking opportunities
- Participation in building the positive image of the professions
- Improved patient outcomes
- National standard for academic program accreditation
- Rigorous ethical standards
- Opportunity to impact the future of the professions through grants and scholarships
- A place to enhance leadership skills
- Accredits a network of 540 ASHA Approved Continuing Education (CE) Providers who provide continuing education to speech-language pathologists and audiologists
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Get Involved and Make a Difference
- Be a lifelong member of ASHA...renew annually!
- Get involved—join a committee, Special Interest Group, or your state association.
- Support the ASHA-PAC and ASHFoundation.
- Become a mentor and encourage others to enter the professions.
- Network, become a lifelong learner, and document your ASHA CEUs by using the CE Registry.
- Promote yourself and the professions in your community.
- Be an advocate.
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