2013 Resolutions and Motions
The following resolutions and motions have been considered by the Board of Directors. As action is taken, this page will be updated.
RESOLVED, That Articles IV and V of the ASHA Bylaws be amended to read as follows (proposed new language is underlined; text to be deleted is crossed out):
4.4.5. Members who hold no certification
or dual certification shall declare the area (audiology or speech-language pathology) for which they wish to vote.
4.4.6. Members who hold dual certification may vote for all specific profession-designated Board of Directors offices (audiology and speech-language pathology).
4.4.6 4.4.7. The Chair of the Audiology Advisory Council shall be elected by and from the members of the Audiology Advisory Council.
4.4.7 4.4.8. The Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council shall be elected by and from the members of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council.
Each member shall receive an election ballot and may vote for one nominee from that member's constituency. Audiology members within the constituency will vote for nominees for the Audiology Advisory Council. Speech-language pathology members within the constituency will vote for nominees for the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council. Members who hold no certification
or dual certification shall declare the area (audiology or speech-language pathology) for which they wish to vote. Members who hold dual certification may vote for nominees in both areas (audiology and speech-language pathology). NSSLHA representatives to the Advisory Councils will be determined by NSSLHA election procedures.
RESOLVED, That to fully represent the leadership of the ASHA science and research entities, the Science Advisory Board will comprise the following 11 voting members:
- Chair of the Science Advisory Board
- Chair of the Advisory Committee on Evidence-Based Practice
- Chair of the Publications Board
- Chair of the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee
- Chair of the Academic Affairs Board
- Chair, or designee, of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Board
- Vice President for Science and Research
- Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology
- Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology
- ASHA Chief Staff Officer for Science and Research
RESOLVED, That the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee (RSAC) charge be changed to the following:
The charge of the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee is to support the Vice President for Science and Research, the Science Advisory Board, and National Office staff in (1) advocating for research in human communication sciences and disorders (CSD); (2) providing guidance to emerging researchers in CSD; (3) identifying critical and emerging research needs in communication, swallowing and balance disorders and normal processes in order to update programs, products, and services for the Association; (4) identifying and addressing issues relevant to research education and training; and (5) facilitating continued engagement of the scientific community in advancing the research base in CSD.
RESOLVED, That an Ad Hoc Committee on Leadership Cultivation be established to oversee leadership development efforts, cultivate future Board of Directors leaders, and provide a broad strategic coordination of all leadership development efforts to ensure a strong pipeline of diverse, talented, qualified, and willing candidates.
RESOLVED, That the committee comprise seven members including the chair. All seven members, including the chair, have voting rights. The Committee on Committees will appoint two audiologists, two speech-language pathologists, and one member from either profession. Consideration should be given that one of the appointed audiologists and one of the appointed speech-language pathologists shall have just finished serving a term on the Committee on Nominations and Elections. The immediate past president of the Board of Directors is a member of this committee. The chair of the committee would be a former president of ASHA, but not the immediate past president.
RESOLVED, That the Committee develop strategies and programs for enhancing ASHA’s leadership development and submit those recommendations to the Board of Directors by December 1, 2013.
RESOLVED, That the Board of Directors approve the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Scope of Practice document as policy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; and further
RESOLVED, That the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Scope of Practice be posted on the ASHA website in the Practice Portal.
RESOLVED, That an Ad Hoc Committee on Reading Fluency for School-Age Children Who Stutter be established and charged to (1) conduct a survey on measures of reading fluency and accommodations, (2) provide a summary and analysis of the survey results, (3) develop a dissemination plan, and (4) disseminate the information to speech-language pathologists and other educators, to be completed by December 31, 2013; and further
RESOLVED, That the committee consist of no more than seven ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists with expertise in this area with at least one representative from each of the following Special Interest Groups (SIGs): SIG 1, Language Learning and Education; SIG 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders; and SIG 16, School-Based Issues.
RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (N-CEP) undertake an evidence-based systematic review in 2013 of the effectiveness of speech-language pathology services delivered via telehealth to stroke patients with aphasia.
RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (N-CEP) undertake an evidence-based systematic review in 2013 on the effectiveness of speech-language pathology behavioral voice treatment for children and adults with vocal cord dysfunction and/or paradoxical vocal fold motion.
RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association contribute $10,000 for sponsorship in support of the 2013 International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics Congress.
RESOLVED, That the naming convention of specialty boards established by EB 33-2000 be amended from the standard name of "Specialty Board on (name of specialty area)" to a naming convention that allows a specialty board to propose a name that more definitively identifies the the board’s purpose and further,
RESOLVED, That the Council on Clinical Specialty Recognition (CCSR), or any future governing body charged with oversight of the program, have the authority to approve proposed specialty board names.
RESOLVED, That an ad hoc committee be established and charged to develop specific actions that address education and core competencies of interprofessional education related to reimbursement models for students and members; and further
RESOLVED, That this ad hoc committee comprise three audiologists, three speech-language pathologists, one physical therapist, ASHA’s Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology, and one staff ex officio:
- Robert Burkard, audiologist
- Robert Turner, audiologist
- Ruth Bentler, audiologist
- Kenn Apel-Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD), speech-language pathologist
- Judith Page-KY, speech-language pathologist
- Nancy Lewis-NM, speech-language pathologist
- Diane Jette, physical therapist
- Board Liaison, Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology
- CSO, as determined by the CEO
- Ex officio, as determined by the CEO.
RESOLVED, that an ad hoc committee be established and charged to identify specific elements that reframe the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology to meet the changing needs in both the health care arena and educational settings. The committee will determine overarching goals and strategies for implementation; and further
RESOLVED, That this ad hoc committee comprise elected officers of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)—Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice and Vice President for Audiology Practice, ASHA staff—Chief Staff Officer for Audiology and Chief Staff Officer for Speech-Language Pathology, five speech-language pathologists (SLPs), and five audiologists:
- Becky Cornett, SLP, health care
- Charlette Green, SLP education
- Nancy Swigert, SLP, health care-adult
- Ann Kummer, SLP, health care-pediatrics
- Molly Thompson, SLP
- Diane Sabo, AUD pediatrics
- Doug Sladen, AUD, cochlear implants
- Louis Sieminski, AUD, private practice
- Harvey Abrams, AUD, industry
- Tena McNamara, AUD, educational audiologist
- Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice, Gail Richard
- Vice President for Audiology Practice, Donna Smiley
- Chief Staff Officer for Audiology, Neil DiSarno
- Chief Staff Officer for Speech-Language Pathology, Lemmietta McNeilly.
RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's 2013 annual report of the Association's membership in and affiliation with other organizations be approved; and further
RESOLVED, That continued affiliation with the following organizations be approved:
- Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA)
- American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
- American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Brain Injury-Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group
- American Council on Education
- American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee
- American Medical Association RVS Update Committee Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee
- American National Standards Institute
- Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors
- Coalition for Current Safety Codes
- Coalition for Patients' Rights
- Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF International)
- Committee for Education Funding (CEF)
- Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
- Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration
- Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD)
- Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC)
- Council of Graduate Schools
- Council for Higher Education Accreditation
- Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA)
- Fair Access Coalition on Testing (FACT)
- Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education
- Habilitation Benefits Coalition (HAB Coalition)
- Hearing International
- Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
- IDEA Partnership
- International Association for Continuing Education and Training
- International Association for Exhibitions and Events
- International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics
- Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)
- Institute of International Education
- International Society of Audiology
- National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (NASISP)
- National Association for Advisors in the Health Professions (NAAHP)
- National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care (Associate Membership)
- National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
- National Center for Birth Defects and Other Developmental Disabilities, External Partners Group
- National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics
- National Coalition on Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Services
- National Consortium on Health Science Education
- National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
- National Council on Aging
- National Easter Seal Society
- National Hearing Conservation Association
- National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities
- National Universal Design for Learning Task Force
- Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
- Partnership for Health in Aging (PHA)
- Patient Access to Responsible Care Alliance (PARCA)
- Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement
- Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
- Standards Secretariat, Acoustical Society of America
- The Joint Commission
- TriAlliance of Health and Rehabilitation Professions
- Washington Rehabilitation Caucus
- World Parkinson Coalition, Inc.
RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) establish, for a 2-year period, the Speech-Language Pathology School Issues ad hoc committee, charged to provide leadership, guidance, and strategic planning in developing, recommending, implementing, and reviewing ASHA policies, procedures, programs, and resources relative to speech-language pathology practice in k-12 schools; and further
RESOLVED, That this ad hoc committee comprise ASHA's Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice, a staff ex officio, and seven speech-language pathologists-with the following affiliations.
- Two at-large representatives shall be speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who practice in a k-12 organization. One of these individuals shall have 10 years or less experience.
- One individual shall represent ASHA Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues.
- One individual shall represent the School Finance Committee or the State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs).
- One representative shall be a graduate of the ASHA Leadership Development Program.
- One representative shall currently supervise school personnel or a school program (i.e., shall be a special education supervisor, speech/language program supervisor, school superintendent or assistant superintendent, state department of education speech/language program consultant).
- One representative shall be an expert who has published and presented on critical topics of school practice.
- The Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice shall serve as the Board of Directors liaison.
- An ASHA staff member shall serve as ex officio; and further
RESOLVED, That the committee's transition to a standing board be assessed in October 2013 after the Board of Directors has received the report from the Ad Hoc Committee on Committee/Board and Council Structure Review in September 2013.
RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the removal of the term limits of ASHA's Health Care Economics Committee (HCEC) Alternate Advisors to the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and RVS Update Committee (RUC) Health Care Professionals Advisory Committees (HCPAC).
Moved, That the Board of Directors approve a proposal submitted by the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) as presented in a letter dated October 23, 2012, from Deb Carlson, PhD, President of AAA, to Shelly Chabon, PhD, President of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), which reads as follows:
- One unique vote will be allotted independently for audiology and a second unique vote will be allotted independently for speech-language pathology. Under this arrangement, each profession must be represented by its own primary representative and alternate representative.
- The American Academy of Audiology represents the profession of audiology at the RUC HCPAC and will appoint the primary and alternate seat holders for audiology.
- The American Speech-Language Hearing Association represents the profession of speech-language pathology at the RUC HCPAC and will appoint the primary and alternate seat holders for speech-language pathology.
Moved, to appoint Pamela A. Smith, PhD, CCC-SLP, to serve as ASHA's representative for the second phase of the Pioneer Network's New Dining Practice Standards. Dr. Smith would serve on a task force to develop a toolkit to promote implementation of the new standards of practice to support individualization and choice for older people living in nursing homes.
As ASHA's representative for this task force, Dr. Smith would participate in quarterly phone calls until December 2013. She would also help develop content and provide comments on any documents produced by this group and would consult with other ASHA members, SIG affiliates, and ASHA staff, as appropriate.
Pioneer Network convened the Food and Dining Clinical Standards Task Force, a Rothschild Regulatory Task Force, after the 2010 Creating Home in the Nursing Home II: A National Symposium on Culture Change and the Food and Dining Requirements. Previously an ASHA staff member participated in a task force to develop the New Dining Practice Standards that were agreed to by twelve national standard setting clinical organizations and released by Pioneer Network in September 2011.
Pioneer Network has now received funding from the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation to convene a second task force to assist in developing the New Dining Practice Standards Toolkit. The objectives of this project are to develop model policies and procedures, worksheets, brochures, and other materials for use by long term care professionals, direct caregivers, residents, family members, and others who contribute to resident autonomy in dining.
BIO: Pamela A. Smith, PhD, CCC-SLP, is currently an associate professor at Bloomsburg University. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in communication disorders, specializes in psycholinguistics and medical speech-language pathology. Pamela is currently an affiliate of SIG 15 (Gerontology) and has served as the CE Editor since 2011. She is also active with the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association working on the Dysphagia Task Force and the Convention Planning Committee.
Pamela's previous work experiences include clinical work with adults in inpatient, outpatient, and skilled nursing settings. Prior to being appointed associate professor, she worked as an assistant professor at Kutztown University and East Stroudsburg University, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses while also providing per diem speech-language and dysphagia services in long term care facilitates. She received her B.S. Ed. from Kutztown University in Special Education, M.A. degree from Ohio University in Hearing and Speech Sciences and Ph.D. from Temple University in Communication Sciences.
Moved, that the Board of Directors approve an editorial revision to the recently approved SLPA Scope of Practice, to change the wording in letter (e) under the heading Service Delivery in the section of the document entitled Responsibilities Within the Scope for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
e. Assist the SLP with bilingual translation during screening and assessment activities exclusive of interpretation; refer to Knowledge and Skills Needed by Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists to Provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (ASHA 2004).
e. Assist the SLP with bilingual translation during screening and assessment activities without interpreting results; refer to Knowledge and Skills Needed by Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists to Provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (ASHA 2004).
Moved, that ASHA approve and fund an election pilot project not to exceed $5100 which includes a mailing of no more than 10,000 election postcards. It is further moved that funds from the BOD contingency fund be approved for these requests.
Moved, that ASHA approve and fund an election pilot project totaling $3000 which includes hosting and staffing an election booth at the 2013 Health Care and Business Institute. It is further moved that funds from the BOD contingency fund be approved for these requests.
Moved, that the Board of Directors appoint Lata Krishnan, PhD, CCC-A as an audiology member of the Nominating Committee for the Council For Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Krishnan will serve a one-year term from January 1, 2013–December 31, 2013.
Moved, that the Board of Directors appoint Julie Masterson, PhD, CCC-SLP as a speech-language pathology member of the Nominating Committee for the Council For Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Masterson will serve a one-year term from January 1, 2013–December 31, 2013.
Moved, That ASHA supports the Tenth World Congress on Brain Injury, March 19–23, 2014, in San Francisco, CA, being hosted by the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA).
Moved, That the Board of Directors approve the addition/revision to the Audit Section and the Communication Section of the Board of Directors Operational Guidelines.
Moved, that the ASHA Board of Directors appoint Allan Diefendorf to serve as trustee of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, with the first full term beginning 2013 and ending December 31, 2015.
Moved, that Carol Fleming is appointed as a member to the Political Action Committee (PAC) for a three-year term starting January 1, 2014 and ending December 31, 2017, and
Moved, that Alison Lemke is selected as first alternate to the PAC for a three-year term starting January 1, 2014 and ending December 31, 2017.
Moved, That the following two individuals representing additional health professions be added to American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Ad Hoc Committee on Interprofessional Education for a total of $1,850 from the Contingency Fund:
- Curtis L. Whitehair, MD, Program Director, MedStar GUH/NRH, PM&R Residency Training Program
- Betty Rambur, PhD, RN, Professor of Health Policy and Nursing University of Vermont.
Moved, that the Board of Directors approve the revisions to the ASHA Fellowship award in the Policy Section of the Committee on Honors Standard Operating Procedures.